The mess that has become Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League matches in Morocco and Algeria has been plunged further into confusion following CAF’s latest statement.
Kaizer Chiefs were due to face Wydad Athletic of Morocco, while Mamelodi Sundowns were scheduled to take on CR Belouizdad of Algeria in CAF Champions League clashes that were both called off after the South African teams were denied visas to enter the countries of their opponents due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The matches were due to be Kaizer Chiefs’ first in Group C while Mamelodi Sundowns have already beaten Al Hilal of Sudan 2-0 on Group B.
CAF has now reportedly issued an ultimatum to both the Moroccan and Algerian football federations to find a neutral venue to hold the matches by midnight on Sunday, 21 February.
Failure to do so would see both Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns declared 2-0 winners.
While Amakhosi and the Brazilians would no doubt happily settle for 2-0 wins and three points and not have to worry about travelling, the South African Football Association (SAFA) is on record as saying they refuse to let their teams play at neutral venues!
SAFA was widely commended for standing up to CAF.
It now appears there’s a stand-off between CAF, SAFA and the football federations from Morocco and Algeria.
Who knows how this will pan out?!
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