CAF CAF Plans Meeting With Sundowns, Chiefs, Pirates And SAFA This Friday

CAF has called an urgent meeting with Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and the South African Football Association (SAFA) for Friday, 19th February.

According to a statement CAF released, the purpose of the meeting is to find a solution to the recent challenges South Africa’s ‘Big Three’ experienced when they are supposed to travel to other African countries for interclub competitions.

Following some challenges facing South African teams participating in both Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup over Covid-19 restrictions, CAF will tomorrow, 19 February 2021 hold an emergency meeting with SAFA and three South African teams participating in CAF interclub competitions.” Reads the statement.

The three clubs are: Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

“In the recent weeks, a number of teams have raised some concerns about travelling to South Africa and also receiving South African teams for interclub competition fixtures amid Covid-19 concerns.”

“The purpose of the meeting is an attempt by CAF to find a way forward between all parties involved.” Concluded the statement.

The statement comes on the back of Sundowns’ cancelled trip to Algeria due to Covid-19 concerns.

Sundowns were set to face CR Belouizdad on 23rd February. And despite receiving their visas last week, a letter from CAF came through just when they were about to jet off to Algeria on Thursday, informing them that the match had been cancelled.

Last week, Chiefs also had their trip to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca cancelled after being denied visas and therefore entry into the Northern country.

CAF then postponed the match and later announced Egypt as the preferred country for the rescheduled encounter.

However, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) rejected the proposal, saying they will not be able to host the match between Wydad and Chiefs on 28th February.

Both the Brazilians and Amakhosi are in the group stages of the CAF Champions League while the Buccaneers are 90 minutes away from the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana 3-0 away from home in the first leg of the play-off round.

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