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South Africa's COVID-19 precautionary measures put CAF Champions League final in limbo

South Africa's government tightened restrictions and extended its curfew to control the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections spiked over the past fortnight

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 28 Jun 2021
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FILE PHOTO: The CAF Champions League trophy on display before the draw , Cairo, Egypt taken on March 20, 2019. REUTERS
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is racing against time to find a solution for the Champions League final game after the South African government announced COVID-19 precautionary measures that prevent Kaizer Chiefs FC from flying away from home.

South Africa's government tightened restrictions and extended its curfew to control the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections spiked over the past fortnight.

Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa reached their first ever Champions League final after beating Morocco's Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final.

The South African team are scheduled to face defending champions and nine-time African champions Ahly in the final, which will be held in Morocco on 17 July.

Egypt's Ahly reached the Champions League final game after beating Esperance of Tunisia 4-0 on aggregate in the semifinals.

South African side Kaizer Chiefs could face a traveling dilemma ahead of the CAF Champions League final game.

CAF officials will have to decide between postponing the game or playing it in another place instead of Morocco after this turn of events.

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