Reports indicate that the Congolese football authorities failed to provide an invitation letter to FC Platinum for the processing of visas upon the team’s arrival at Maya Maya Airport yesterday.
FC Platinum was therefore forced to cancel plans of travelling to Owando State from Brazzaville. Sunday’s CAF Champions League clash between FC Platinum and Congolese outfit AS Otoho will be held in Owando.
FC Platinum communications officer, Chido Chizondo had this to say
When we got here the authorities told us that they needed an invitation letter from the local Football Association for them to process our visas before proceeding to Owando. The letter was not there and hence we could not proceed. By the time that the letter eventually came, the plane had already left and we, therefore, had to put up here while our visas are being processed.
… Normally it takes about two weeks to apply for an entry visa to Congo Brazzaville, but due to the congested Caf fixture that was impossible, but the FA promised that we will get the visas upon our entry. Somehow they then did not provide us with an invitation letter as required hence this predicament we are in now.
Below is the full list of FC Platinum’s travelling squad:
Petros Mhari, Francis Tizayi, Gift Bello, Lawrence Mhlanga, Elvis Moyo, William Stima, Raphael Muduviwa, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Farai Madhanaga, Devon Chafa, Kelvin Madzongwe, Rainsome Pavari, Never Tigere, Marshal Mudehwe, Charles Sibanda, Lameck Nhamo, Gift Mbweti, Albert Eonde, Mkhokheli Dube, Thomas Chideu.