Kenya’s Gor Mahia fail to travel to Zambia for Caf tie

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Kenya champions Gor Mahia have requested Caf to postpone Sunday’s match against Zambia’s Napsa Stars after they failed to travel on Friday as initially planned.

The Caf Confederation Cup fixture was scheduled for the National Heroes Stadium on Sunday at 3pm but Gor Mahia wrote to the Federation of Kenya Football (FKF), in a letter dated 20 February, 2020, notifying them of their failure to fly out to Lusaka.

“We write to bring to your attention that we have serious challenges with obtaining Civil Aviation clearance for our chartered flight to enable us to fly to Lusaka,” club chairman Ambrose Rachier wrote.

The club said its earlier arrangement to use the national carrier “did not materialise”. Rachier, in the same letter addressed to FKF, said the next available commercial flight was on Monday.

He proposed that the game be shifted to Monday evening to allow them to use Kenya Airways on Monday morning.

“We therefore request that the federation engages (Caf) on our behalf to have the match pushed to Monday evening preferably with the kick off time slated for 18h00.”

The Nairobi-based side was meant to fly on Friday, but by Saturday they were still stuck in the Kenyan capital.

The club’s secretary general Sam Ochola on Saturday said the team was “expected to take off anytime before the Sunday clash”.

He only said “some issues cropped up so we did not travel” adding they were “doing our best to make sure the team travels before the end of Saturday”.

However, the plans to travel in time for the game did not materialise, leaving them to wait for Caf’s final verdict on the matter.

K’Ogalo lost the first leg 1-0 at home and face an insurmountable task ahead of them if they want to qualify for the continental league group stage.

The 19-time champions have struggled to shell out players’ dues in recent months and almost missed their first round tie against Algeria’s CR Belouizdad citing financial constraints.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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