By Babatunde Koiki, in Sousse Tunisia:
Enyimba FC chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu has revealed that his Tunisian agents had forewarned him of the intense hostility of their Etoile du Sahel hosts ahead of their CAF Champions League, Second Round, second leg encounter in Sousse.
Anyansi-Agwu revealed that this was because after losing 3-0 in Port Harcourt in the first leg, Etoile had returned home and told the Tunisian media that Enyimba had mistreated them and also bribed the referee.
"Etoile had fed the Tunisian media a cocktail of lies. They said that we had provided them with a hotel infested with mosquitoes, rats and coackroaches and had failed to provide them with basic transport. They even went as far as to tell their people that two of our three goals in Port Harcourt were offside because we had bribed the Togolese referee. I am truly amazed and disappointed that a club of their stature could resort to such shocking measures to whip up sentiments against us but we were prepared for them," Anyansi Agwu told Completesportsnigeria.com in Sousse, Tunisia.
Anyansi-Agwu spent an hour debunking the allegations to Tunisian journalists during the team's light training session while also revealing that reports from his agents had led them to make alternative accommodation and transportation activities.
"We chose the Hotel Habib in Monastir on the outskirts of Sousse in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for our players. We paid for this hotel ourselves, arranged our own security and transportation because of the negative attitude of our hosts. As you can see, the owner of the hotel is a decent man and staff are very warm and friendly."
Enyimba will have their second training session this evening at 7pm.