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Leopards match under threat after visa delays

28 February 2014, 11:35

Nairobi - The highly-anticipated CAF Confederations Cup first round first leg encounter between Supersport United of South Africa and AFC Leopards might be postponed following visa delay.

The South African authorities are being accused of “unnecessarily” delaying the issuing of visas to the Leopards team players ahead of the crucial match encounter scheduled for Saturday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.

Kick off set for 8:30pm.

However, by Friday, Leopards players and officials were yet to receive their visas from the South African Embassy, a move likely to dent hopes of any soccer match encounter as earlier organised.

Leopards Organising Secretary, Timothy Lilumbi, confirmed that both players and officials were yet to receive the visas from the South African Embassy.

He confirmed his club had since written to the African soccer controlling mother body of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to alert them about their challenges.

“The South African Embassy has not been helpful at all. Our opponents, SuperSport United, have been informed about our challenge here with the South African embassy,” said Lilumbi.

He said his club had informed CAF well in advance to avert any clashes with the continental soccer controlling body.

There was no immediate comment from the South African embassy to furnish CAJ News about their version or reason for allegedly delaying Leopards players and officials in this internationally sanctioned encounter.

It is believed the match could be postponed to Sunday.

– CAJ News

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