CAF Champions League: Enyimba accuse Etoile of frustrating team ahead second leg clash

Tunisian club, Etoile Du Sahel​,​ have resorted to frustrating Nigeria​n​ ​CAF Champions League flag-bearers, Enyimba FC,​ as they prepare ahead of Wednesday’s crunch return-leg clash​, an Enyimba official has said.​

Enyimba hold a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg played in Port Harcourt penultimate weekend but the Tunisians have been ​”​hostile​”​ against the two-time African champions as they go in for the second leg on Wednesday​, the official said.​

As stated by Enyimba officials, no Etoile du Sahel representative was on ground to receive the team but luckily, officials from the Nigerian embassy ensured the 32-man contingent had a quick and easy check out of the Aeroport de Tunis Carthage.

Enyimba officials also revealed that on Tuesday night, Etoile du Sahel surprised them by pulling out the bus and car they​ had​ assigned to the team, thus forcing the Nigeria flag bearers to hire taxis and buses as they proceeded to go out for training.

“Despite the actions of Etoile du Sahel, we proceeded to the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet for our training that night and the boys thoroughly enjoyed it​,​”​ the Media officer for Enyimba​, ​Farriel Allaputa​, ​stated.

While Enyimba are moaning over the treatment they are getting from their Tunisian hosts, Etoile fans
​say it is payback time for Enyimba ​whom they accuse of short-changing the Tunisians in the first leg in Port Harcourt.

“I’m surprised to see Enyimba official page and fans surprised on how ​E​toile is treating them​,” Khalil Ghenim an Etoile fan replied to a​​ facebook post on the Enyimba official page​.​

“In Aba​, ​Enyimba stole the match and intimidated the Tunisian side​.​

“The ref gave you a fake penalty, an offside goal and a red card that shouldn’t have been given in the first place​.

“Wait and expect more in Tunisia … You did your part in Nigeria .. Now it’s up to the Tunisians to teach you a lesson​.​”​

After years of falling by the way side, Enyimba is close to making the lucrative group stage of the CAF Champions League​.​

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini

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