Kaizer Chiefs could receive Wydad AC walkover amid CAF Champions League drama

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During the global pandemic, this hasn't been a unique circumstance with Liverpool recently denied entry into Germany for their UEFA Champions League encounter with RB Leipzig, while closer to home Bloemfontein Celtic were unable to enter Nigeria for the same reason of Covid-19 protocols in their respective countries.

However, with CAF having released strict new rulings in November last year, the 2018 African champions could be punished with a 2-0 defeat as per their official guidelines set out by FIFA and CAF.

  • In case a host team cannot organise a match or has not been authorised by its government to receive another team, the host team shall be considered to have lost the match 2-0.
  • For exceptional cases, the organising committee shall be consulted to take a final decision.

With the Rivers United and Celtic clash having been postponed before the CAF organising committee ruled they should move the clash to a neighbouring country, the NPFL side duly obliged and their second-leg Confederation Cup tie was played out in Benin.

However, with Wydad and RMFF failing to communicate before yesterday's unprofessional events, they could be punished should the matter be sent to the organising committee.

The clash could also be moved to a neighbouring country or played out in South Africa, for which the onus will fall on Wydad as the host club of the historic clash.