By John Kwesi Arthur
Football writer kick442.com Ghana
Kaizer Chiefs have rejected CAF’s decision for honouring their Champions League game against Wydad Casablanca at a neutral venue.
The continental footballing body have confirmed that the CAF Champions League Group C fixture between Amakhosi and Wydad has been set for Friday evening in Cairo, Egypt.
However, the Soweto giants have responded with a letter of their own stating that they cannot honour the new date due to travel logistics and bureaucracy issues.
“The emailed letter received from CAF suggests that the game between us and Wydad be replayed on Friday, 19 February at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt,” a statement on Chiefs’ website.
“We have since responded to the letter, citing a few impediments that will hinder us from honouring the proposed new fixture date, which is in three days’ time.
“The two main reasons are visa challenges and travel logistics. Given the three days’ notice to play the match, the club will still face the similar challenges from the Egyptian Embassy because it takes a minimum of seven working days to get approval for visas that will enable us to travel to Egypt.
“Securing flights at this late hour will also pose a challenge given that some airlines are not operational due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“Based on the above, this may have a negative impact on the Champions League game against Horoya AC scheduled for Tuesday, 23 February 2021.”
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