Chiefs' Morocco trip in jeopardy

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs potentially face a massive setback in their plans to travel to Morocco for their opening CAF Champions League group C encounter against Wydad Atheltic Club.

Chiefs are due to travel to Casablanca this evening for their maiden Champions League group stage encounter, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday evening (21h00 SA time).

However, the club face the risk of not making the trip as their visas have yet to be issued just hours before their flight is set to depart OR Tambo International Airport.

This is due to Morocco having placed a ban on travel to and from South Africa due to fears of the Covid-19 variant strain that swept across the country during a second wave of infection after the recent festive period.

"With just under 12 hours before the Kaizer Chiefs squad is due to depart for Morocco, members of the traveling party have not been issued with visas to enter the North African country despite applications being submitted timeously," read a club statement.

"After the draw and the fixture announcement, 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.

"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.

"Kaizer Chiefs will once again send a delegation to the Moroccan Embassy this morning in an effort to seek clarity and request for the issuing of visas so the team can catch their flight and honour the fixture against Wydad in Casablanca on Saturday."

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