FKFPL side Gor Mahia suffered on and off the pitch at the hands of Otôho d’Oyo in Congo during their CAF Confederations Cup assignment over the weekend.
K’Ogallo lost the match 1-0 and now hope they can maximize on home advantage to beat Otoho on December 5th when they meet for the second leg in Nairobi.
Reports have now emerged of how Otoho subjected Gor to harsh treatment with this having a toll on K’Ogallo’s general output during the match.
Sources within the club confirmed to Mozzart Sport that striker Jules Ulimwengu and midfielder John Ochieng did not feature for Gor Mahia after their Covid-19 results failed to return on time.
According to the source, everything looked a miss immediately the team landed at the Maya Maya International Airport in Brazzaville where they were subjected to lengthy Covid-19 procedures.
Language barrier also made things even more worse for the Gor Mahia entourage.
“There was a language barrier at the airport, we had no one to explain to us the procedures and they wanted us to take another Covid-19 test from their country despite our Covid-19 test being valid for 72 hours,”
“The tests took more than one hour thirty minutes and we arrived in the airport with some jet lag after a long flight from Nairobi” said the source as quoted by Mozzart.
Gor played the entire match without making any changes as only 15 players made the matchday squad with Philemon Otieno and Sydney Ochieng all injured.
Coach Mark Harrison only had Caleb Omondi, a goalkeeper as the only fit player on the bench.
“Two players failed to get their Covid-19 certificates, which left us with very few options on the bench to make changes,”
“The referee was also from a French-speaking country which made communication a challenge. Philemon had an ankle injury while Sydney was still suffering from his hamstring injury which means Caleb was our only option,” added the source.
Gor ended up losing captain Harun Shakava to injury but he was forced to play the entire match.
Gor will have to be at their best to make it to the monied stages of the Confederations Cup where they are guaranteed Kshs. 27 million from CAF.