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Kaizer Chiefs reject CAF’s proposal to play CL game against Wydad Athletic this Friday

FILE - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

FILE - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Published Feb 16, 2021


CAPE TOWN – Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs have rejected CAF’s proposal to replay their game magainst Morocco’s Wydad Athletic this Friday as it came in short notice.

AmaKhosi were due to play the Moroccan club in a CAF Champions League Group C fixture, but the game had to be called off after Gavin Hunt’s men could not secure visas to travel to the north African country.

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On Tuesday, CAF, through SAFA, instructed Chiefs that their game will instead take place on February 19 at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. However, Chiefs felt that three days to organise visas, flights and accommodation was not sufficient.

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“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,” Chiefs said in their response to CAF.

“Based on the above, this may have a negative impact on the Champions League game against Horoya AC scheduled for Tuesday, 23 February 2021,” the club continued.

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“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 23 February and 5 March.”

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Chiefs are also due to take welcome AmaZulu to the FNB Stadium for a DStv Premiership fixture on Wednesday.

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