Kaizer Chiefs have taken to social media to provide insight into the troubles they encountered on their recent CAF Champions League trip to Angola.
While logistical difficulties and even intimidation are common occurrences in African inter-club competitions, Amakhosi experienced it first-hand on their recent trip.
KAIZER CHIEFS HAD TO UNDERGO FURTHER COVID-19 TESTS
Upon arrival in Luanda, despite negative test results prior to their departure from OR Tambo International Airport, Chiefs were forced to undergo Covid-19 tests again – much to the frustration of the travelling party.
That prevented them from training on the day of arrival (last Sunday).
In the end, Kaizer Chiefs were only able to train on the Monday, the day before the match.
The club has now further detailed their experience which was made difficult allegedly by the Angolan health minister Silvia Lutucuta.
“We are back home Khosi nation after 3 tough days in Angola. The ministry of health in Angola made it an unpleasant trip but our troops were resilient, remained resolute and did not lose focus,” read the club’s message on social media.
“A huge word of gratitude goes to Primeiro de Agosto, especially their manager Untonesa Sampaio, who went over and above the call of duty to ensure that he helped as much as they could.
“Our Angolan opponents were professional and we are grateful for that. Obrigado Agosto!
“We appreciate the ambassador’s support and hope they deliver the message to the government about the difficulties we encountered.”
CHIEFS ARE NEXT IN ACTION AGAINST MARITZBURG UNITED
Having reached the group stage, Kaizer Chiefs will await to see who they will face when the draw takes place on Friday, 8 January in Cairo.
Chiefs will next be in action on the domestic front when they play Maritzburg United on Saturday, 9 January at the FNB Stadium.
Kick-off is at 17:00.