Kaizer Chiefs update | Decision ‘in 24 hours’, match at neutral venue

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the CAF Champions League Group C postponed match between Wydad Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs will be played at a neutral venue on a date to be announced within 24 hours.

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The two sides were due to clash on Saturday, 13 February in Casablanca, but Chiefs failed to travel after they were denied Moroccan visas.

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Morocco is not allowing travellers from South Africa due to the coronavirus new strain.

Bloemfontein Celtic faced a similar scenario in their CAF Confederation Cup match against Nigerian side Rivers United.

CAF has now admitted that organising matches for South African clubs has become difficult.

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“As a result of the stricter travel restrictions imposed on South Africa by some countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have experienced more difficulties to organise matches in South Africa,” CAF secretary-general Abdelmounaim Bah wrote to the South African Football Association (SAFA).

“We consider this as an extraordinary situation and as a result, the case was presented to the CAF Organising Committee for inter-club competitions which has recommended to replay the match in a neutral country that will be confirmed along with the date and kickoff time within the coming 24 hours.”

Kaizer Chiefs reportedly spent R1 million in preparing for their aborted trip to Morocco.

But they could be in line for a reimbursement.

“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.

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