Nigerian Football Rivers United CAF Confed Cup clash with Bloem Celtics on the brink of cancellation

Rivers United CAF Confed Cup clash with Bloem Celtics on the brink of cancellation

The second leg clash between Rivers United and South African side Bloem Celtics is on the brink of cancellation after the Nigeria Football Federation issued a letter to the Confederation of African Football amid coronavirus concerns.

As per the NFF, the match scheduled to take place in the city of Portharcourt is on course for cancelled since the government have concerns of possible spread of the virus with South Africa recording a high number of cases.

The view from the NFF, the delegation from Bloem Celtics are not exempted from the usual quarantine rules set by the federal government of Nigeria, and as such, the match should not hold as scheduled.


Recall, the federal government of the country recently announced a suspected case of coronavirus in the country, which almost prompted another phase of lockdown in the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja.


This has also caused the call for the ban on international flights in the country for the time being. This is some of the measures put in place by the government of the federation to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

Rivers United are on the verge of sealing qualification for the next round after an initial 2-0 win in the first leg on the road.

The Portharcourt based club only require to win or draw the game to ensure smooth qualification for the next round of the competition.


The game will now be played as soon as measures are put in place.

United are currently in their best form since 2018, winning their last two Nigeria Professional Football League games including a surprise win over Abia Warriors at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba.


For Rivers United, this was a moment to stamp an authority on the African continent once again. The last time the team had successful outing was a few seasons back, when they got to the group stage of the competition, finishing below the qualification spot for the knockout stages. 

Ibiye Ambille
Ibiye Ambille
Ibiye Ambille is a senior editor at Interesting Football, specializing in news reporting and analysis. Love's football, follows the game with passion.
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