Chiefs frustrated after failing to secure visas to play Wydad in Morocco

10 February 2021 - 18:13 By mahlatse mphahlele
Kaizer Chiefs are supposed to play a crucial fixture in Morocco on Saturday but after failing to get visas and missing their flight on Wednesday they are running out of time.
Kaizer Chiefs are supposed to play a crucial fixture in Morocco on Saturday but after failing to get visas and missing their flight on Wednesday they are running out of time.
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Kaizer Chiefs remained in limbo on Wednesday evening after failing to secure visas to travel to Morocco for their group stage Champions League clash against Wydad Casablanca.

Chiefs are supposed to play the Moroccans on Saturday and were to travel to North Africa on Wednesday night to honour the crunch away fixture.

But after failing to get visas and missing their flight on Wednesday as a result‚ the Naturena club have changed their departure to Thursday in the hope that the matter will be resolved in the next few hours.

“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 [Thursday] pending the resolution of the matter and co-operation from all the relevant parties‚” Chiefs said.

“Kaizer Chiefs can confirm that the club has fulfilled all the requirements needed for their travel‚ including all Covid-19 protocols. After all the planning and again waiting at the Moroccan embassy in Pretoria‚ the club has 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.”

South African Football Association CEO Tebogo Motlanthe told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that they are working on resolving the issue.

“We are aware of the issue and the association is working on it‚” said Motlanthe without going into details.

Chiefs sent a delegation to the Moroccan embassy on Wednesday to seek clarity and to ask for the visas to be issued on time.

But this was to no avail.

“We will continue to collaborate with Safa and the SA embassy in Morocco‚” said Chiefs.

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