Kaizer Chiefs could fail to travel to Morocco for Saturday’s CAF Champions’ League Group C match against Wydad Casablanca because players are yet to secure visas.
Amakhosi was due to fly out of Johannesburg for Casablanca today (Wednesday), but the team was still struggling with getting relevant travelling documents from the host.
Morocco recently announced that the country has suspended travel from South Africa to the North African country due to the second wave of the COVID-19 and the new variant that South Africa has.
“After the draw [on January 8] and the fixture announcement, Kaizer Chiefs made all the necessary arrangements to travel including booking flights, securing accommodation, submission of visa applications and everything that is required for the trip. Following the submission of the application for visas, the club has been in constant communication with Caf, the Moroccan Embassy in SA, South African Embassy in Morocco, Safa, Wydad Casablanca, the Moroccan football association and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to ensure that the application for visas is processed and approved,” Chiefs said in a statement.
“Wydad did confirm that they are awaiting confirmation from their Ministry of Health to grant Kaizer Chiefs special permission to enter the country because South Africa is on the list of countries that have been banned from entering Morocco due of the high numbers of the COVID-19 infections. No response has been received by Wydad to this effect”.
Chiefs said it would send a delegation to the Moroccan Embassy to seek clarity and request visas so the team could travel.
If things don’t go as planned, chances are that the Wydad-Chiefs fixture could be rescheduled for a neutral venue.