NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia departed for Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday night ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup return leg after Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko bailed them out, paying Sh4.2mn for flights, hotel and stipends.
Gor was stranded after failing to raise cash for the crucial second leg against South African side SuperSport United, having a 1-0 first leg advantage and a win could see them make history in entering the group stages of the continental competition.
“We needed the tickets for the traveling contingent of 18 players, five members of the technical bench, a federation representative and six team officials,” Gor boss Ambrose Rachier confirmed.
Gor will have little time to prepare for the clash as they leave on the eve of the match and they will not have a feeling of the pitch.
K’Ogalo had also faced a visa hitch at the South African embassy which put their travel plans in disarray at the end seeing Rwandese talisman Jacques Tuyisenge who score the lone goal in first half as well as forward Ephraim Guikan missing their visas.
Gor Mahia won the first leg 1-0 in Machakos on April 7 and are eying a historic berth in the group stages of continental football is they avoid defeat in Pretoria.
Coach Kerr will be hoping the pre-match drama will not break down his team’s mental preparedness for the tie. Already they will be without Ernest Wendo for the tie with the midfielder suspended after accumulating two yellow cards.