Enyimba players, officials undergo coronavirus test ahead CAF Champions League trip

Enyimba players, officials undergo coronavirus test ahead CAF Champions League trip

Defending champion Enyimba de Aba claimed a close 2-1 victory over Abia Warriors on Sunday in matchday 19 of the Nigerian professional soccer league.

Enyimba International players and officials underwent Covid-19 tests on Sunday as the People’s Elephant prepared to travel to Burkina Faso for the first leg of the CAF Champions League Preliminary Round against Rahimo, just as Godwin Nosike has joined the two-time African’s technical team. Champions.

After claiming the Preseason Tournament title from Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Saturday night following a 1-0 win against rivals Abia Warriors in a thrilling final, Enyimba dusted off for the continental push and returned to the stadium early. on Sunday morning for Coronavirus tests.

The test is a prerequisite before any trip outside the country as mandated by CAF and FIFA. Two officials from the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC, a man and a woman, arrived at Enyimba Stadium at approximately eight in the morning on Sunday to conduct the tests.

An NFF staff member who would accompany the team as an ‘accompanying secretary’, (names reserved), also underwent the test.

Completesports.co may also report that Godwin Nosike has joined the People’s Elephant coaching team and would be in the dugout during their 2020/2021 CAF Champions League games.

Nosike, a winger during his playing days for Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Enyimba and Rangers, later became a defender as a right back. His coaching career has spanned Nnewi United, Warri Wolves and Rangers.

Checks reveal that Nosike’s arrival for the eighth time the Nigerian champion followed directives that only CAF A ​​licensed coaches would be on the bench at all CAF competitions.

Although Fatai Osho is Enyimba’s substantive technical advisor who has been with the club for close to four seasons, the Enyimba hierarchy decided to bring in Nosike in response to the CAF demand but with Osho still in charge of team formation.

Nosike was on hand to watch Enyimba defeat Abia Warriors with a well-executed penalty from Austin Oladapo, which came to Aba the day before.

“Nosike will be with us for the continental games in response to the order from the CAF on the qualification of the coaches in their competitions,” an official told Completesports.com.

“I would just play that role, standing on the bench. But (Fatai) Osho is still our coach, ”the official explained.

Enyimba will travel to Burkina Faso on Friday, but will face Akwa United on Tuesday at Stephen Keshi Stadium on Wednesday. Officials say the friendly is aimed at allowing the team to “get a feel” for natural grass, as they would face Rahimo next Sunday in Ougadougou on a natural grass pitch.

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