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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has instructed Glo Premier League club Dolphins FC to remain in Tunis until it reaches a verdict on their debatable Confederation Cup first round first leg tie at Club Africain.

The 2014 Federation Cup runners-up had requested African football’s governing body to review the circumstances that led to their walkover at the Nov. 5 Stadium in Rades, Tunisia on Saturday.

In a correspondence signed by the Deputy Director (Caf Competitions), Khaled Nassar, on Monday evening, the Port-Harcourt-based outfit were to remain in the capital city until a decision is communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

“Reference to the above mentioned match which was initially scheduled on 14th March 2015; we would like to request your team Dolphins to stay in Tunis until a decision is reached and communicated to you,” the mail addressed to the NFF read inter alia.

Dolphins argue they had arrived in Tunis two hours ahead of the 3pm (local time) kickoff for their round of 32 clash with Club Africain, only to be delayed by some tardy immigration formalities.

After members of the team finally received their entry visas; the wait for a shuttle to the stadium dragged on for too long, more so the eventual drive to the match venue which it says took them round needless circus.

And on arriving at the Stadium at 4pm, the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side were told they have forfeited the match, with Ethiopian referee Haileyesus Bazezwew Bellete awarding a 3-0 victory to the Tunisians.

Dolphins are due to host Nigeria’s other representative in the 2015 Confederation Cup, Warri Wolves, on Match Day 3 of the 2014-15 Glo Premier League on Sunday, 22 March.

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