SAFA intervenes on Kaizer Chiefs/Wydad Casablanca saga

By Phumzile Ngcatshe

On behalf of Kaizer Chiefs, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has intervened in the saga involving Amakhosi and Wydad Casablanca regarding the Champions League clash, and the match has been postponed.Amakhosi’s travel to Morocco was delayed as the Royal Morocco Football Federation denied Chiefs an entry into the country due to the coronavirus pandemic as they sent a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Coach Gavin Hunt’s troops were slated to face Wydad in their opening group stage match on Saturday evening (21:00 SA time) in Casablanca, and the country’s football entity has since provided an update.

“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed that the CAF Champions League match between Wydad Athletic Club from Casablanca in Morocco versus Kaizer Chiefs, will not be played as scheduled on Saturday, 13 February 2021,”

read a statement from SAFA.“In a one-liner correspondence sent to SAFA last night, CAF through its Competition Division manager, Ahmed Salem said CAF will communicate the updated decision in due time.’

“Chiefs were scheduled to have left for Casablanca on Wednesday evening but the team was denied entry visas to Morocco, forcing them to cancel the trip to North Africa.”

Meanwhile, the Naturena-based side has also confirmed the delay, saying they have fulfilled all the necessary arrangements.

However, the Glamour Boys will find relief in the fact that they incurred travelling costs, but they have not forfeited what was meant to be their first-ever match in the premier continental tournament.

Network Live News Sports will keep an eye on the developments and provide the necessary update as they become available from both SAFA and CAF as well as the club, Chiefs.

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