South African giants Orlando Pirates’ fans will be happy to know that their Caf Confederation Cup game against Jwaneng Galaxy will go ahead as scheduled tomorrow.
Pirates, who have Malawi national football team top striker Gabadinho Mhango, are set to host Galaxy for the second-leg match of the pre-group stage playoffs after beating them 3-0 in their own backyard in Botswana last Sunday.
There have been fears that the game might not take place after both Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns had their respective Caf Champions League trips to Morocco and Algeria cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.
Caf has since called an emergency with all three clubs today to address the challenges facing South African teams failing to travel to other African countries.
Galaxy will be minus defender Gofaone Molapi due to injury for the game at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
Meanwhile, South African Football Association (Safa) has written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) regarding the Covid-19 travel restrictions from South Africa to certain parts of the continent.
Caf confirmed a scheduled meeting with Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs Friday, following some challenges that the South African clubs have been faced with in their participation in both the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup over Covid-19 restrictions.
Safa has issued a statement confirming:
“The South African Football Association has sent a correspondence, which spells out the association’s official position, to Caf regarding the Covid-19 travel restrictions of South Africans to certain parts of the continent.
“The correspondence follows reservations by certain clubs and national teams regarding travelling to South Africa and failure by other countries to issue visas to South African clubs and individuals intending to fulfil their official football obligations,” said Safa in their official statement.—Kick Off