Chiefs forced to cancel Morocco trip for CAF Champions League match

Kaizer Chiefs‘ Trip To Morocco Postponed Until Today! Amakhosi had been set to travel to Morocco to face Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.

However their trip to Morocco has been an impossible task. Firstly, Kaizer Chiefs announced that members of their assembly had still not received visas to travel to North Africa.

This is despite all the documents being sent in a timely fashion.

“Kaizer Chiefs made all the necessary arrangements to travel including booking flights, securing accommodation, submission of visa applications and everything that is required for the trip.” Chiefs reported yesterday.

Following the submission of the application for visas, the club has been in constant communication with CAF, the Moroccan Embassy in SA, South African Embassy in Morocco, SAFA, Wydad Casablanca, the Moroccan football association and the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) to ensure that the application for visas is processed and approved.

Wydad did confirm that they are awaiting confirmation from their Ministry of Health to grant Kaizer Chiefs special permission to enter the country because South Africa is on the list of countries that have been banned from entering Morocco due of the high numbers of the Covid-19 infections. No response has been received by Wydad or Kaizer Chiefs to this effect.” They concluded.

Kaizer Chiefs can confirm that the club finally received communication from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) via SAFA on Wednesday night (22:00) that the group stages game between Chiefs and Wydad Athletic, that was scheduled for Saturday in Morocco, will not take place.

The continent’s footballing body added that they would communicate their decision on the matter in due course.

Chiefs have now cancelled all their logistical arrangements related to the match, including flights and accommodation.

Amakhosi will await CAF’s decision on the matter and will update all our stakeholders once communication is received from the continental footballing body.

We would like to thank everyone who has assisted in trying to help Kaizer Chiefs in acquiring visas for Morocco, including South Africa’s Ambassador to Morocco, specifically HE Rehaan Ebrahim who has persistently been following up with the Moroccan government authorities verbally and with official communication alerting them to our situation.

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