Equatorial Guinea side Futuro Kings have clarified why they only arrived in Polokwane one and half hour before their CAF Confederation Cup first preliminary round, second leg against Marumo Gallants on Friday.
Futuro were eliminated from the competition after losing 4-2 on aggregate.
There was uncertainty on whether they would make it on time for the match which was moved from 15:00 to 19:00 at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
But the club, who left their country on Thursday via Kenya, landed at OR Tambo at 12:00 noon and traveled to Polokwane by bus just in time for the match, which ended 3-0 in favour of Gallants.
“After the match in Mongomo we knew we were supposed to play on Saturday, it was only on Thursday that we heard that we were playing on Friday,” coach Mikel Goicochea told the media through an interpreter.
“We had already planned our trip, so it is really difficult to change things or get a plane to South Africa. Sometimes you have one plane per week from West Africa to South Africa.
“That’s why we were forced to arrive late because they couldn’t change or postpone the game. So we had to play, it’s football,” he said.
Marumo Gallants will now face DRC club AS Vita in the second preliminary round scheduled for the 15-17 October.
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By Ofhani Munyai