According to the club's official website
, football manager Bobby Motaung revealed that the reason for the club's decision not to release their players was based on the fact that the Chan tournament is not a FIFA-sanctioned event and that they are not obliged to release their players.
"We have expressed ourselves to SAFA well in advance," said Motaung.
scheduled to play in a PSL league fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns on
23 January 2014.
"We have to prepare for CAF Championship as well."
Chiefs were initially supposed to play Sundowns on November 23, but this date clashed with the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout and was subsequently moved to 11 December.
However, the fixture had to once again had to be rescheduled after the passing of former President Nelson Mandela on 5 December, thus pushing the match to 28
The reason for the latest fixture shift is that SAFA and the PSL reached an agreement to reschedule all PSL fixtures in January to accommodate the Chan tournament without impacting on the squads of PSL clubs, who may have players on national duty.
Part of the compromise was to have Chiefs and Sundowns players selected for Bafana return to their respective clubs to honour the fixture.
Coach Stuart Baxter already revealed after
their PSL match against Amazulu on Sunday that Chiefs won't be releasing
their players for Chan.
Meanwhile, four other Premiership fixtures, scheduled during the Chan
tournament, have remained unchanged and would go ahead as planned.
Pirates were scheduled to play SuperSport United on January 18, just
seven days after the start of Chan, before tackling AmaZulu away from
home, also on January 23.
As a result Igesund did not name any
Pirates players in his team after a compromise was reached between SAFA
and the PSL on which players to release for the tournament.