It's uncertain when Kaizer Chiefs would be able to finally play Wydad Casablanca for the CAF Champions League match. This after the Egypt Football Association (EFA) said it would not be able to host the encounter on the new date as per Chiefs’ request.
EFA has turned down the proposed date if 28 February to stage the Group C encounter at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
The initial date for the game was 13 February in Casablanca, but the Chiefs delegation was denied visas to enter Morocco, as the North African country imposed travel restrictions on South Africans owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wydad had secured the Al-Salam Stadium for the 19th of February, the initially suggested date, which Chiefs were uncomfortable with. Amakhosi then wrote to CAF expressing concern regarding visa challenges and travel logistics.
Chiefs’ statement read: “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.
“The club then proposed that the game be played at a later stage‚ as this will enable us to honour all the Champions League games on February 23 and March 5. We will communicate once CAF has reverted with a suitable date for all involved.”
Following the announcement of the new date, EFA indicated they will not be able to accommodate the two teams for the group stage opener.
“After the new date of the game between Wydad and Kaizer Chiefs in CAF Champions League, EFA announce we will not be able to host the game as the new date is not suitable for us,” the association said in a statement.
CAF will now have to find a venue if the game is to go ahead on the 28th.
The Soweto giants hosted Amazulu in a league game on Wednesday, where they were beaten 2-1 by Amakhosi, they will next prepare to face Supersport United on Saturday.
They will then shift focus to continental competition and entertain Horoya in another Champions League clash on Tuesday 23 February.