Confusion ahead of Gor Mahia’s crunch clash against Morocco's RSB Berkane

By Gilbert Wandera: Saturday, April 13th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
Gor Mahia fans tongue-tied after losing CAF Confederation Cup, quarterfinals first leg match against Renaissance Sportive Berkane of Morocco 1-0 at Kasarani stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Gor Mahia failed to travel to Morocco on Thursday for their Confederations Cup quarter-final match against RSB Berkane.

The team was turned back from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as they did not have tickets to board a flight.

“We were told to go to the airport where we were supposed to get our tickets and board the plane. However, when we got there, we were informed the club had not made any reservations and so we had to go back home,” a player who did not want to be named said.

He said arrangements were now being made for the team to travel in batches from last night even though that was not assured.

“Some of us have been told to be at the airport by 6pm and others at 8pm. We are not sure whether travel arrangements have been made but we are going nonetheless,” the player said.

The club has few options to try and make it to Berkane in the North of Morocco. One option the club was pursuing yesterday was to travel through Paris and arrive in the North African country today at noon.

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But this option is costly. The cheaper option would be to go through Cairo then connect from the Egyptian capital in the morning to arrive at their destination in the evening.

They can also travel by Emirates and hope to arrive in Berkane tomorrow evening. Gor Mahia will definitely miss out on having a feel of the pitch which is mandatory as they are likely to arrive very late.

A number of club officials we contacted did not answer their calls. However, we understand that the club was relying on the government to purchase tickets for them but this did not come through at the last minute.

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