A date for the CAF Champions League group stage match between Wydad Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs has been confirmed, but they face another challenge.
South African Football Association CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has confirmed to the Siya crew that they have received communication from CAF for the game to be played on February 28 in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian Football Association, however, have since apologised in an official statement that they won't be able to host the match between the two sides.
“EFA apologizes to both CAF & Morocco for not hosting the match Wydad vs Kaizer Chiefs in the CAFCL which was postponed from its previous date. The new date and the circumstances surrounding the match, with the current commitments, does not allow Egypt to host,” their statements reads.
The match was initially scheduled to be played on February 13, but it was postponed after Amakhosi were denied visas due to concerns over COVID-19. The clash was then rescheduled to Friday, February 19, but Amakhosi raised their concerns over visas and travel logistics.
“Yes, we have received that (it will be played on February 28). As SAFA, we have always said that it comes to COVID-19, we will cooperate with other countries, because COVID is not man-made. We have seen how Celtic were accommodated, so this is not a new thing,” SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe tells the Siya crew.
“Even a game of Mozambique has been rescheduled by CAF at a neutral venue because of the issues of COVID. So, when it comes to COVID, our position at SAFA is that we will cooperate with other countries.”