Kaizer Chiefs have written to Caf requesting a suitable date for their Champions League encounter against Wydad Casablanca set to be played on Friday at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
This comes after the club received communication from Caf via Safa on Monday afternoon following the postponement of the match which was scheduled for 13 February 2021.
Amakhosi were not able to travel to the North African country after they were denied visas due to the travelling restrictions imposed by the Moroccan Ministry of Health for travellers from South Africa due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The Soweto giants’ statement reads: “We have since responded to the letter, citing a few impediments that will hinder us from honouring the proposed new fixture date, which is in three days’ time.
“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.
“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 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.
“We will communicate once CAF have reverted with a suitable date for all involved.”
Meanwhile, Chiefs will on Wednesday, 17 February face AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium.
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By Mauwane Raophala