Chiefs insist NO FOOTBALL will be played

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In controversial scenes Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs insist no football will be played, while Cape Town City continue their match preparations as usual for Saturday's DStv Premiership clash.

Amakhosi documented two statements in first requesting a postponement of their December fixtures by the PSL. While also categorically stating that it would be unable to host Saturday's fixture due to a wave of positive Covid-19 cases.

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The club announced that a minimum of 31 club personnel and staff had tested positive for Covid-19 that forced the closure of its Naturena training base.

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Citizens media officer Julian Bailey insisted that preparations for the much-anticipated encounter are going ahead as usual.

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"The league has not told us that there is no game taking place, so we have to go to the stadium," Bailey tells Kickoff.com.

"I'm not sure what will happen, but I know for sure that the match officials are going to the stadium.

"We travelled to Joburg yesterday, and we are preparing for the match today like any other match. We are going through our match process like normal we had breakfast in the hotel. We're about to have our team talk, and then we're heading to the stadium.

"We've not been told to do otherwise, we have not received any correspondence, to be honest about the game being postponed or instructing us not to travel to the stadium. So for us, we have to go there.

"Probably the match officials have also not received any correspondence, they will be there. My understanding is that SuperSport will be there.

"I think the case is that Kaizer Chiefs cannot tell us or SuperSport not to go there only the league can. So until that happens we have to treat it like a normal match day."

City admitted that Chiefs cannot be treated any differently with previous cases of teams experiencing a similar health crisis.

"Ja look what the rule of the league is there's been precedence set for that," Bailey added.

"But ultimately, I think the match commissioner and the referee will decide.

"We are at their mercy, so we have to do as they tell us. They will inform us whether we will get access to the pitch, whether we will need to get kitted and get on the pitch.

"At the moment all we can do is to follow the procedure which is to be at the stadium 90 minutes before kick-off, produce a teamsheet like normal.

"Whatever happens after that is completely up to the officials."

Contacted for a comment Amakhosi communications manager Vina Maphosa said the match was not taking place.

"No, we're not playing today my leader."

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