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Chiefs Reject CAF Replay Proposal

Kaizer Chiefs have issued an update on correspondence received from CAF regarding their match away to Wydad Casablanca in the Champions League.

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Amakhosi were meant to fly out on Wednesday last week to face the club from Morocco this past weekend, but were denied visas for their 40-member travelling delegation, which included a squad of 18 players.

The Morocco government cited Covid-19 restrictions as the main reason why Chiefs could not enter the country to honour the group stages fixture, leading to the game being called off given those circumstances.

CAF then wrote to SAFA proposing a new date.

“Kaizer Chiefs finally received communication from CAF via SAFA on Monday afternoon in relation to the Champions League match between Wydad Athletic and Kaizer Chiefs that did not take place as scheduled on Saturday, 13 February in Casablanca due to Chiefs not being issued with visas to enter Morocco,” read a statement on the Amakhosi official website on Tuesday afternoon.

“The emailed letter received suggests that the game between the two teams be replayed on Friday, 19 February at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. Chiefs have since responded to the letter, citing a few impediments that will hinder us from honouring the proposed new fixture date, which is in three days’ time.”

Amakhosi argued that they are likely to encounter the same issues as last week, plus they have a DStv Premiership match on Wednesday against AmaZulu and are meant to host SuperSport United on Saturday. 

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“The two main reasons are visa challenges and travel logistics. Given the three days’ notice to play the match, the club will still face the similar challenges from the Egyptian Embassy because it takes a minimum of seven working days to get approval for visas that will enable us to travel to Egypt. Securing flights at this late hour will also pose a challenge given that some airlines are not operational due to Covid-19 restrictions,” their statement read further.

“Based on the above, this may have a negative impact on the Champions League game against Horoya AC scheduled for Tuesday, 23 February 2021. Based on the above, this may have a negative impact on the Champions League game against Horoya AC scheduled for Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

We will communicate once CAF have reverted with a suitable date for all involved.”

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