Chiefs, Wydad tie set for Cairo on Friday


Kaizer Chiefs’ Caf Champions League Group C tie against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca has been pencilled in for Friday, February 19 at the Essalam Stadium in Cairo.

The Confederation of African football had earlier confirmed the postponed match would be played at a neutral venue on a date to be announced.

The two sides were due to clash this past Saturday in Casablanca but Chiefs failed to travel after they were denied Moroccan visas.

Morocco is not allowing in travellers from South Africa due to the coronavirus new strain. However, the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has confirmed the new venue and date.

Chiefs reportedly spent R1 million in preparing for the aborted trip to Morocco. They raised the issue of the costs they incurred for a game that was called off at the 11th hour and Caf have opened the door to the possibility of the Naturena club recouping some of the expenditure.

“Kaizer Chiefs can submit to Caf the justification of the financial losses they have incurred and we would present it to the concerned committee for their decision on who should bear the cost.

“We rely on your usual understanding and cooperation during this tough period where certain unforeseen measures need to be taken,” said Caf in a statement on Sunday.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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