After Kaizer Chiefs released a statement on Wednesday that their trip to Morocco was on hold, governing body CAF has finally responded.
But the decision on whether the game goes ahead or not was a terse one-liner from Africa’s motherbody on such a serious matter.
The Morocco government refused Chiefs entry into the country due to Covid-19, though the communication lines appear to have been broken as Amakhosi were preparing to leave SA on Wednesday but did not have visas.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed that the CAF Champions League match between Wydad Athletic Club from Casablanca in Morocco versus Kaizer Chiefs, will not be played as scheduled on Saturday, 13 February 2021,” read a statement from SAFA, who had to intervene on Chiefs’ behalf.
“In a one-liner correspondence sent to SAFA last night, CAF through its Competition Division manager, Ahmed Salem said CAF will communicate the updated decision in due time.’’
“Chiefs were scheduled to have left for Casablanca on Wednesday evening but the team was denied entry visas to Morocco, forcing them to cancel the trip to North Africa.”
Amakhosi have, however, incurred travelling costs, but at least they have not forfeited what was meant to be their first ever match in the Champions League group stages.
Story by @superjourno
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