Chiefs ordered to travel to Madagascar
Chiefs ordered to travel to Madagascar

Posted in News on Mar 21, 2002.

Kaizer Chiefs’ attempt to get Saturday's Mandela Cup first round second leg match against US Transfoot of Madagascar postponed hit a brick wall as the Naturena side were ordered to travel to politically-unstable Madagascar.

Chiefs wrote a letter to Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday requesting for a postponement after failing to secure a flight to Madagascar. Most airliners have reportedly suspended their flights to Madagascar due to political unrest in the island.

Amakhosi’s attempt to get alternative flights also drew blank with all airliners reportedly fully booked. “Caf refused us the postponement on the basis that we knew all along about the match,” said Chiefs spokesperson Putco Mafani.

“But we have written a follow-up letter to Caf outlining all the processes we have gone through in trying to secure a flight. Yes, we knew all along about the match but we have also informed SA Football Association (Safa) about the situation in Madagascar,” he said.

“If the match cannot be postponed there’s nothing we can do about that. A chartered flight will cost us over R500 000 and we do not have that kind of money,” Mafani said.

Chiefs won the first leg at Ellis Park 4-0 but failure to travel to Madagascar could see them kicked out of the competition and Transfoot going through to the next round.

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