Morocco refuses to issue visas to Chiefs, plunging match into uncertainty

<p style=”font-size: 12px; color: red”><strong><span class=”has-inline-color has-vivid-red-color”>Menzi Magubane</span></strong></p>

Kaizer Chiefs might have to wait some days before they play their first ever match in the group stage of the CAF Champions League. 

They were scheduled to travel to Morocco on Wednesday to play a Group C match against the Moroccan team Wydad Casablanca on Saturday, but the Moroccan authorities are not sure about granting visas to Amakhosi because of the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa. 

Wednesday’s trip was postponed for Thursday night, but on the same day CAF issued a brief statement that said the CAF Champions League match between Wydad Athletic Club from Casablanca in Morocco versus Kaizer Chiefs would not be played as scheduled.

“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 course.”

On Wednesday Amakhosi sent out two statements clarifying the delay.

“Kaizer Chiefs can confirm that the club has fulfilled all the requirements needed for their travel including all Covid-19 protocols for their trip,” read the first statement. 

Later on Wednesday they sent out another one to clarify that they will no longer travel to Morocco.

It said because of the delay with issuing visas and the lack of communication from the Moroccan Football Federation and authorities the club had no option but to change their travel arrangements pending the resolution of the matter and cooperation from all the relevant parties.