By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Kaizer Chiefs could fail to travel to Morocco for Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group C match against Wydad Casablanca as the Amakhosi travelling delegation are yet to obtain visas to enter the North African country.
Chiefs were meant to begin their CAF Champions League campaign against the Moroccan club this week, but will now have to make new plans as it looks like the game won’t go on as planned.
AmaKhosi on Wednesday evening said the problem was due to a "hold up in the issuing of visas to Morocco and a lack of communication from the Moroccan football federation and authorities…," Chiefs said on their website.
"Kaizer Chiefs can confirm that the club has fulfilled all the requirements needed for their travel, including all Covid-19 protocols requirements for their trip."
After all the planning and again waiting at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria, the club have still not be issued with visas required for entry into Morocco for teir maiden CAF group stage match against Wydad Athletic.
"The club remains in limbo as all lines of communication seem to have been shut down as the club and SAFA have not received any correspondence from the Moroccan authorities on this matter."
"We will continue to colleborate with SAFA and the SA Embassy in Morocco to try and engage CAF s that we can get the matter resolved, said the club."
With most countries uncompromising in welcoming travellers from countries that have recorded the new coronavirus mutant strain, chances are that the Wydad-Chiefs fixture could be rescheduled for a neutral venue.
Amakhosi are not the first South African club to experience complications to fullfil a continental fixture due to Covid-19 this season.
Nigeria’s strict Covid-19 regulations saw Bloemfontein Celtic struggling to timeously travel to the West African country for a Caf Confederation Cup first round, second leg match against Rivers United earlier this year.
The fixture was then postponed by Caf and played in neutral Benin.