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The team turned back at OR Tambo airport

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By MGnews | self meida writer
Published 15 days ago - 3362 views

SOCCER – Local CAF Confederations Cup envoys Young Buffaloes ran into another hurdle after they were turned at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg after being denied access into Tunisia.

In what will draw similarities to the current issue between Kaizer Chiefs and Morrocan side Wydad Casablanca, Emathole Ezinyathi were also not allowed to board their flight having been deemed a high COVID -19 risk by the Tunisian authorities.

This is after the army side left the country on Thursday morning by road to OR Tambo Airport, to connect a flight to Tunisia for the second leg match against Etoile de Sahel.

However, according to sources close to the matter, the local delegation were halted in their tracks as they were about to board the plane.

 “Buffaloes have been denied access to Tunisia and were turned back just before boarding time much to the surprise of the players and the delegation.

They were told that Southern African countries are still considered high risk in Northern Africa, especially those flying through South Africa. This is due to the variant strain of COVID-19 that has been discovered there,” said the source.

Following the disappointing news the team reportedly made their way back to Eswatini and were expected back late last night.

Young Buffaloes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sandile Gwebu who is also part of the delegation could not be drawn for comment.

Meanwhile Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe confirmed the matter when contacted.

“I can confirm that we are aware the team has been turned back at the airport and are currently on their way back. The matter is currently being handled by all the relevant authorities and we will update you once we receive any further official correspondence,” he said.

 

The 21 member delegation which consists of only 13 players left the country without their 10 key players including head coach, Sabelo Mnisi. The Phocweni based outfit suffered a 1-2 defeat in the first leg that was played at Mavuso Sports Centre last Sunday.

 

Fast improving left winger Bongwa ‘Owa’ Matsebula scored the only goal for Sabelo Mnisi charges.

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