- Kaizer Chiefs' cancelled trip to Morocco has cost the team around R1 million
- The club had already made travel and accommodation arrangements for three nights in Morocco
- Fans are disappointed and frustrated that the Moroccan authorities had not informed the club sooner
Kaizer Chiefs have dealt another blow as a cancelled trip to Morroco cost them around R1 million. Chiefs were set to face Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League group phase opener but had a lot of difficulties.
Amakhosi now has to wait for information from the South African Football Association (Safa) as well as the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was confirmed on 11 February that the club would not be allowed to travel to Morroco for their fixture set for Saturday, 13 February.
Morocco allegedly denied Chiefs' visas due to fears regarding Covid-19 but the late response left the club in a bad place as flights and accommodation for three nights had already been paid for.
Sowetan Live earlier reported that although Chiefs' team manager Bobby Motaung did not confirm a set amount of money that was lost, he said Amakohsi will be communication with Safa to see if some of the money can be regained.
Chiefs' official website confirmed that the club had cancelled all their arrangements related to the match, including flights and accommodation.
Chiefs received a lot of support from their fans. Read some of their responses below:
"If it was Chiefs that didn't want to honour this fixture, they would put us on a transfer ban."
"Will @CAF_Online hand out points to Chiefs?"
"Khosi let me get this straight, will not take place or is postponed or probably may take place at a diff venue?"
"Are we getting our 3 points admin? They are scared of us."
@Adivhah03351543 responded with:
"No stress Khosi, we still respect and love the biggest club in the country."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Chiefs were on the fence about the match against Wydad. According to a statement, the team was not certain about the trip to Morocco.
This is because they had 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.
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 match was subsequently postponed by CAF.
A statement released by Chiefs, at the time, said the club was in limbo as communication had been shut down. The club and SAFA have not received any communication from Moroccan authorities.
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Source: Briefly News