Thursday Feb 11, 2021. 09:54
Kaizer Chiefs’ match away to Wydad Casablanca is in all likelihood set to be officially postponed later today after the South African side were denied entry visas into Morocco.
The Amakhosi announced on Wednesday afternoon that they were unable to depart for Casablanca later that evening ahead of their maiden Caf Champions League group stage campaign, following a delay in their visa applications.
Chiefs said in a statement: “Due to the hold up with the issuing of visas to Morocco and lack of communication from the Moroccan football federation and authorities on the matter that involves Kaizer Chiefs travelling to the north African country, the club had no option but to move their travel to tomorrow, pending the resolution of the matter and cooperation from all the relevant parties.
“Kaizer Chiefs can confirm that the club has fulfilled all the requirements needed for their travel, including all Covid-19 protocols requirements for their trip.
“After all the planning and again waiting at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria, the club have still not been issued with visas required for entry into Morocco for their maiden CAF group stage match against Wydad Athletic.
“The club remains in limbo as all lines of communication seem to have been shut down as the club and SAFA have not received any correspondence from the Moroccan authorities on this matter.
“We will continue to collaborate with SAFA and the SA Embassy in Morocco to try and engage CAF so that we can get the matter resolved.
“The club is still waiting for the issuing of visas and will once again attempt to obtain visas from the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria tomorrow morning.
“In the meantime, the club continued with the late training session in preparation for the trip.”
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) has since explained why Chiefs will not be allowed entry into the country, hinting that the match will be postponed and possibly take place at a neutral venue.
“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation sent a letter to the CAF Clubs Committee informing it that the Moroccan authorities decided not to allow the Wydad Casablanca match with the South African Kaizer Chiefs team to be held on February 13th in Casablanca for the first round of the African Champions League, due to health and safety related to the recent developments of Covid-19,” read a statement from the RMFF.
“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation called on the Confederation of African Football to postpone the match, or hold it in another country if this is not possible.”
Chiefs are scheduled to face Wydad Casablanca at Stade Mohammed V on Saturday evening. The Soweto giants were drawn in Group C alongside Horoya, Petro de Luanda and Wydad who are two-time champions of Africa’s premier club competition.