Experienced CAF Confederation Cup contenders, Al Ittihad of Libya, will fly directly from Tripoli to Uyo today courtesy of a private jet that has been put at the disposal of the club by its shareholders from the oil rich country.
An advance party led by Mr. Abushawashi Snoussi that arrived Lagos last Tuesday aboard Royal Air Maroc and departed for Uyo same day via Dana Air, confirmed yesterday that the team was going to fly into Uyo with a chartered flight.
â€œThe initial problem is that we had applied to land in Uyo, but we were told that with Uyo yet to be granted international status, we will be permitted to land in Port Harcourt and drive down. But plans are afoot to make us land in Uyo, since teams like Algeria and South Africa have had to land there before from Algiers and Joâ€™Burg respectively,â€ Mr. Snoussi said.
The Libyan was also spotted in the five-star Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort where he had made reservations for his team, after deciding that â€œall the other hotels in town were not good enough.â€ for his team.
An impressed staff of Le Meridien Hotel said â€œthis is how it should be. In Nigeria we have not yet started. See? A common club-side and they want us to compete favourably?â€
The staff who refused to disclose his identity was however quick to add that he was convinced despite the show of wealth and good organisation, Akwa United was going to beat them and qualify for the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
â€œAnyway, we will beat them with their show of wealth,â€ he concluded.
Akwa United needs two un-replied goals on Sunday to progress to the next round after losing to an 83rd minute strike in the first leg match played in Sfax Tunisia on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.