Kaizer Chiefs postpone travels to Morocco after visa debacle


Chiefs have issued an update on their impasse with Moroccan officials over the issuing of their entry visas into the country for their upcoming CAF Champions League Group C fixture.

What was meant to be a historic experience of embarking on the club's maiden Champions League group stage campaign has been reduced to a logistical nightmare.

Amakhosi were due to depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday evening but have had to reschedule their flights for Saturday's fixture to Thursday.

"Due to the hold up with the issuing of visas to Morocco and lack of communication from the Moroccan football federation and authorities on the matter that involves Kaizer Chiefs travelling to the north African country, the club had no option but to move their travel to tomorrow, pending the resolution of the matter and cooperation from all the relevant parties," read a statement from the club on Wednesday evening.

"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 been issued with visas required for entry into Morocco for their 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 collaborate with SAFA and the SA Embassy in Morocco to try and engage CAF so that we can get the matter resolved.

"The club is still waiting for the issuing of visas and will once again attempt to obtain visas from the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria tomorrow morning.

"In the meantime, the club continued with the late training session in preparation for the trip."