The African Football Confederation has announced the postponement of two Champions League matches following concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The matches involve two South African teams: 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns and their local rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
CAF said the Group B match between Sundowns and CR Belouizdad of Algeria will be played on February 28 at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The game which was due to be played on February 23 has been canceled due to the imposition of additional health restrictions in the North African country due to COVID-19.
According to Sundowns, the communication from CAF canceling this match came very late in the day as the team were just preparing to leave South Africa.
Meanwhile, the Kaizer Chiefs’ match against Wydad Athletic Club will take place on the same day (February 28) at the August 4 Stadium in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The chiefs were unable to honor the match originally scheduled for February 13 after failing to obtain visas to enter Morocco due to COVID-19 issues.
CAF then offered to play the match on February 19 at the Al Salam stadium in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
However, the chiefs protested the move citing challenges with visas and travel logistics, which would affect their ability to meet the appointment in just three days.
They also said the crowded schedule will likely affect their second group game against Guinean club AC Horoya on February 23.
CAF confirmed that the football associations of Tanzania and Burkina Faso had sent letters of approval agreeing to host the matches.
The second day of this season’s African Champions League kicks off on Wednesday with the choice of matches between Tanzanian giant Simba SC and defending champion Al Ahly in Dar es Salaam.