- Kaizer Chiefs' match against Wydad Casablanca in Morocco has been postponed
- A statement released by Chiefs stated that there have been issues with the issuing of visas
- Chiefs added that there has been a grave lack of communication from Morocco
Kaizer Chiefs released a statement confirming that the match against Wydad Casablanca has been postponed. According to the statement, there has been a hold up with the issuing of visas to certain players.
Chiefs went on to say that there has been a lack of communication from the Moroccan Football Federation as well as authorities. The lack of communication involves Amakhosi travelling to Morroco.
Chiefs have now had to move their travel plans pending a resolution and cooperation from all relevant parties.
News24 reported that a statement released by the South African Football Association (SAFA) said that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) postponed the CAF Champions League match between Chiefs and Wydad.
The statement released by Chiefs said the club is currently in limbo as communication has been shut down as the club and SAFA have not received any communication from Moroccan authorities.
Take a look at some of the reactions from Chiefs fans after they tweeted about the postponement:
"Welcome to Africa ya'll. This is Champions League Football."
"Welcome to the CAF Champions League... Mentally players have to be strong and expect such mind games."
"Give them the same treatment when they come over here."
"Tell CAF to cancel the match and award us 6 points because they don't want to allow us inside their country."
"Those officials at the visa offices know something we don’t."
@Boitshepo901 responded with:
"I just hope this will not make our lads demoralised. It's Africa after all this s*** is bound to happen."
"This adds to the mounting pressure on poor Gavin."
"I won't be surprised that this is caused by political tensions between South Africa and Morocco."
"I suspect the VISAS will be issued late so that Kaizer Chiefs reaches Morocco late and don't acclimatise before the game or being tired when they get to Morocco (No Fair-Play)."
@Sengbe_Pieh responded with:
"I’m not even surprised. Shameful tactics but this is on CAF."
"Maybe Sundowns should step in and help Kaizer Chiefs... Wydad are our friends after all."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Chiefs were on the fence about the Moroccan match. According to the statement released by the club, the team is still on the fence about the trip.
This is because they have yet to receive any communication on a way forward by the Moroccan authorities about whether or not they will receive special visas to enter the country since they had still not received their visas for the trip besides the fact that they had made all the necessary arrangements quite well in advance.
The confusion around the trip has resulted in many locals taking to social media to share their thoughts on the need for visas to travel between African countries.
EFF's Floyd Shivambu also had something to say about the visa troubles. Shivambu recently headed to Twitter to share his thoughts about Kaizer Chiefs and their troubles travelling to Morocco for a CAF fixture because many of them have not yet received their visas yet.
According to Shivambu, African countries should expedite all visa processing applications in order for them to integrate. Also according to Shivambu, the whole Kaizer Chiefs situation represents "backward colonialism."
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