'Change of dates conflicts with Egyptian league fixtures'
Kaizer Chiefs remain in limbo after Egyptian FA reject CAF plan
The CAF Champions League clash between Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs remains in limbo after the Egyptian FA yesterday rejected the latest proposed date of February 28 to stage the match in Cairo.
CAF had rewritten to Chiefs this week imploring them to travel to Cairo to play the match on Friday after it was postponed from last Saturday because Amakhosi were denied visas to enter Morocco.
Chiefs wrote back to the continental body telling them they would not be able to arrange visas to Egypt in a short period, coupled with the fact that they have DStv Premiership games this week, and suggested the match be played next Sunday instead.
The date seemed acceptable to both Chiefs, who won’t be action as they’ve been eliminated from the Nedbank Cup, and Wydad, but the Egypt FA has said it won’t be able to host the clubs, plunging the much-talked about Champions League fixture into further chaos.
“We would like to draw your kind attention that the Egyptian FA had already confirmed with great pleasure to host the game in question on February 19, in the frame of the usual collaboration between CAF-EFA,” reads a letter from the EFA to CAF, which Sowetan has seen.
“However, we regret to inform you that the change of date of the said match conflicts with the fixtures of the Egyptian league where many matches are going to be played on that day. It will hence be extremely difficult to adjust the dates of any matches in this respect. We hence regret to inform you that we will not be in a position to organise the match in question.”
CAF must now come up with a new date which would be acceptable to these teams.