South Africa’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives Marumo Gallants landed in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday with only 12 on-field players for their match against Futuro Kings on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Washington Arubi (the only keeper traveling) is expected to join the rest of the squad in Malabo today to take the number to 13 players in the camp. He was on national duty with the Zimbabwe national team in Ethiopia.
But his chances of joining his teammates also remain in doubt as the club has failed to apply for his visa on time. Meaning as it stands, Gallants will play their match at Estadio de Mongomo without a goalkeeper.
There has not been an explanation why the club would take such a small number of players for the match but FARPost has gathered that most new signings were not registered for the competition while some players don’t have passports to travel.
Regular players who have been left behind include Ayanda Nkili, Celimpilo Ngema, Lerato Lamola, Lebohang Mabotja, Sede Junior Dion, Thembi Nevhulamba, Miguel Timm, Mpho Mvelase, reserve keeper Simon Mamudzidi and Aluwani Nedzamba. New signings Siphelele Ntshangase and King Ndlovu are amongst those left behind.
This publication has reached out to club spokesperson Rufus Matsena, who has also traveled with the team, without success.
Marumo Gallants will take on Liga Nacional de Futbol side Futuro Kings on Saturday 11 September at 17:00.
Kings are the club where current Gallants assistant coach Jean-Francois Losciuto used to be head coach.
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By Ofhani Munyai