CAF : Kaizer Chief through to the next round courtesy of a walk over rule
Kaizer Chiefs won the match 3 : 0 and advance to the next round by a 7 : 0 goal aggregate courtesy of Walk Over rule
Kaizer Chiefs were scheduled to play Volcan Club on Saturday evening, however the match moved to Sunday afternoon(14:00), before being rescheduled for Sunday evening at 19h30.
Comoros failed to arrive in Durban as expected on Friday or Saturday morning for the 19:30 fixture.
The Comoros outfit was set to have arrived at OR Tambo International in the afternoon and the match commissioner postponed the game to 19:30 kick off.
Chiefs confirmed the news by announcing the arrival of their opponents from the Comoros Islands on Sunday afternoon.
“We are informed that the visiting team have arrived in JHB and are awaiting a flight to Durban,” read a statement from the club’s official twitter account.
CAF rules state both teams are required to appear on the pitch before kickoff, after which 15 minutes later, if one opponent doesn’t pitch, the other are awarded the game.
“Kaizer Chiefs has done everything in our power to adhere to & facilitate the requirements of CAF & their appointed officials.” read a statement from the club’s official twitter account hours later.
“This is not ideal for the Club, but we agreed to the postponement in the spirit of football and out of respect for the fans who bought their tickets and travelled for this fixture,” says Vina Maphosa, Kaizer Chiefs’ communications manager.
Kaizer Chiefs and its supporters waited in vein as Volcan de Moroni never showed up until kick off time.
As per the rules of CAF the opponents are given 15 minutes to appear on the field or a walk over is declared.
However, Kaizer Chiefs had one foot in the next round, having secured a 4-0 win in the first leg.
Chiefs will meet either ASEC Mimosas/AS Cotontchad on the weekend of the 12th of March 2016.
First leg will be played in South Africa.
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