17 April 2018

Kenya: Governor Mike Sonko Bails Broke Gor Mahia

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has come to Gor Mahia's rescue and offered the team 30 air tickets to facilitate their travel to South Africa ahead of Wednesday's Caf Confederation Cup play-off return match against SuperSport United.

This was confirmed by club organising secretary Judith Anyango, who told Nation Sport that the exact number of players to travel is still unknown as some players are yet to receive visas.

"We have received 30 tickets from the governor so we are good to go. Most of the players have received visas while some are still at the embassy trying to get theirs. I believe the team will leave at 8pm this (Tuesday) evening," she said on Tuesday.

K'Ogalo were forced to postpone their trip to South Africa on Monday due to severe challenges in acquiring documentation for the travelling contingent.

A number of key players including striker Jacques Tuyisenge, winger Francis Kahata, and Ivorian Ephrem Guikan are among those yet get entry permits to South Africa.

Wednesday's match is scheduled for 8pm at the Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium in the South African capital of Pretoria, and the winner will automatically gain entry into the tournament's group stage, and will also be entitled to a Sh27 million cash reward.

The 16-time champions carry a slim 1-0 advantage heading into the match which will be presided over by Gabonese officials Castane Otogo, Montel Moussounda and Theophile Vinga.

Should they finish the job in Pretoria, Gor will be among the 16 teams that will be drawn into four groups of four teams.

And in the group stage, each team will play on a home-and-away round-robin basis, with the winners and runners-up in each group advancing to the quarter-finals.


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