Chiefs may yet defend Mandela Cup
Chiefs may yet defend Mandela Cup

Posted in News on Apr 11, 2002.

Defending Caf Cup Winners Cup champions Kaizer Chiefs, expelled from the competition after failing to honour a match commitment, received a lifeline after filing an appeal with Caf.

The clash between US Transfoot, the Madagascan side that were given a bye after Chiefs failed to pitch, and Jeanne d’Arc of Senegal was postponed while the Caf Appeals Committee looks into the matter.

"Cup Winners Cup holders Kaizer Chiefs sent to Caf an appeal against the decision taken by Inter-clubs committee to disqualify the South African team from the competition after the team had failed to travel to Madagascar for the second-leg match against Transport scheduled for the weekend of 22-24 March,” Caf said in a statement.

"The appeal will be sent to the Appeals committee of CAF for decision.”

Defending Cup Winners Cup champions Chiefs, who won the first leg match against Transfoot 4-0 at Ellis Park, cited unstable political conditions in Madagascar and lack of transport as reasons for their failure to honour the fixture.

Caf, however, dismissed the claim stating that Chiefs were informed about the fixture well in advance and thus booted the Naturena side out of the competition.

The Transfoot and Jeanne d’Arc match will now take place on the weekend of 19-21 April pending the outcome of the Caf Appeals Committee.

Chiefs meanwhile, have requested the Premier Soccer League for a postponement of the league match against Hellenic scheduled for April 17 in case they win the appeal. This match will now take place either on April 24 or 27.

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