Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko has complained to the Confederations of African Football (CAF) about what they suspect as ”gimmicks” from Mauritanian outfit FC Nouadhibou, according to a report filed by Kumasi-based media outlet Oyerepa FM.
The Porcupine Warriors, two-time winners of Africa’s elite club competition, were billed to play against FC Nouadhibou on Friday at 15.00 hours GMT. However the Mauritania side has communicated to the Reds their preliminary fixture in the CAF Champions League will be staged on Sunday.
The reported complaint by Kotoko could see Nouadhibou punished by CAF following a last-minute change of plans.
According to the regulations governing the CAF Champions League, “the dates fixed for the matches of the various rounds are final and cannot be changed except in case of force majeure recognized as such by CAF Organising Committee.”
From the above the decision lies in the bosom of the organizing committee to deem the change of date as force majeure.
Asante Kotoko were booted out of the competition by Tunisia heavyweights Etoile du Sahel last season at the second round after eliminating Nigerian club Kano Pillars at the preliminary stage and will be hoping to go a step further this season.
Despite the change of date, the record holders of the Ghanaian top flight have enplaned to the Mauritania capital, Nouakchott to acclimatize before their game.