CAF to decide the Chiefs Wydad game amid visa denials

2021-Feb-12   05:31

CAF to decide the Chiefs Wydad game amid visa denials
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed the postponement of the Caf Champions League Group C encounter between Wydad Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs.
Source: Kaizer Chiefs/Twitter

- Karabo Mokgalagadi

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed the postponement of the Caf Champions League Group C encounter between Wydad Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs.

The game was scheduled for this coming Saturday, 13 February 2021, but was called off on Wednesday because Amakhosi had not been given permission to enter Morocco.

On Thursday, the South African Football Association (Safa) announced in a statement that the match has been called off, for now.

Safa acknowledged they have received a letter from Caf confirming that it would issue an update on Chiefs versus Wydad match soon.

A Safa statement read: “In a one-liner correspondence sent to Safa last night [Wednesday], Caf, through its competition division manager Ahmed Salem said Caf will communicate the updated decision in due time.”

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF), announced in its separate statement that COVID-19 concerns are behind the visa denials for Amakhosi.

“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation sent a letter to the Caf Clubs Committee informing it that the Moroccan authorities decided not to allow the Wydad Casablanca match with the South African Kaizer Chiefs team to be held on February 13th in Casablanca for the first round of the African Champions League, due to health and safety related to the recent developments of COVID-19,” the Moroccans said.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation called on the Confederation of African Football to postpone the match or hold it in another country if this is not possible.

 

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