JOHANNESBURG – Mamelodi Sundowns grew to become the second facet within the South African top-fight to be denied entry to North Africa to honour a Caf Champions League group stage match in lower than two weeks.
Every week in the past, Kaizer Chiefs have been denied visas by the Moroccan embassy after Wydad Casablanca and Royal Moroccan Football Federation requested for a postponement of the match three days earlier than kick-off, citing the surge of Covid-19 in South Africa.
Unlike Chiefs, although, the Brazilians acquired their visas from the Algerian embassy final week Friday, forward of their second group stage match towards Algerians CR Belouizdad on Tuesday, February 23.
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But just a few hours earlier than making their option to the OR Tambo International airport on Thursday to board a flight to Algeria by way of Doha, they acquired a disruptive letter from Caf, which confirmed the postponement of the fixture after the Algerians, too, cited medical restrictions of their nation.
“Mamelodi Sundowns will not be travelling to Algeria for their Caf Champions League match against CR Belouizdad after receiving communication from Caf confirming that the match which was scheduled for Tuesday (February 23, 2021), has been cancelled due to further medical restrictions in Algeria,” an announcement learn on Sundowns web site.
“The cancellation comes after the Algerian FA requested a postponement due to further medical restrictions in Algeria, whilst Mamelodi Sundowns were preparing for departure to Algeria.”
Sundowns will not be travelling to Algeria for their CAF CL match against CR Belouizdad after receiving communication from CAF confirming that the match which was scheduled for Tuesday, 23 Feb, has been cancelled due to further medical restrictions in Algeria pic.twitter.com/xpXOgbv8Vw
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) February 18, 2021
The Brazilians are waiting on Caf who stated the “case will be submitted to the Caf Organising Committee for inter-club to take the necessary decision, which will be communicated to all concerned parties in due time”.
The conferences between Sundowns and the mom physique on the matter will likely be held internally on Friday, tomorrow at 12pm. The South African champions may seemingly protest for a walkover, contemplating the mandatory preparations and rescheduling of their home match.
Chiefs, in the meantime, are additionally nonetheless within the limbo concerning the particulars pertaining to the postponed fixture. This is after the Egyptian Football Association pulled out from internet hosting the match at a impartial venue in Cairo on February 28 after Amakhosi rejected the preliminary re-scheduling on Friday, February 19, citing a “few impediments”.