15 August 2016
Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed that the CAF Champions League Group B tie between Zamalek of Egypt and Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) champions Enyimba will now be played today, Monday, August 15, 2016.
The match which was initially rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday for security reasons had to be rescheduled a second time following a protest by Enyimba complaining that they do not have enough players in Egypt to honour the game. In addition to this they said the notice of the initial shift was too short given that they were informed only on arrival in Egypt.
Enyimba is short of players as five of their senior players are on preseason playing tour in Spain as part of the NPFL all-star team. The team was defeated by Spanish La Liga side, Valencia by two goals to one.
The players are expected to join the rest of the Enyimba squad in Egypt on Sunday ahead of Monday, the new set date for the crucial encounter.
The tie is a must-win match for Enyimba if they want to stay in contention to qualify for the semifinals of the competition as they are without any points after two rounds of matches.
Zamalek have three points, while Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa have already won the three-team group with nine points from three matches.
Enyimba lost at home to Zamalek when the Egyptians visited for the first leg of the tie.
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