Gor Mahia’s trip to South Africa for the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup against SuperSport United is now hanging in the balance, Goal can reveal.
The Kenyan champions are yet to secure travelling visas for the trip, a hitch that may cost the team a chance of progressing to the next round and Sh27 million and a further fine from Caf should they fail to honour the fixture.
A source within the club has revealed that the travelling contingent of 19 players and officials are yet to get visas after they applied for the same ‘late.’
“We are in problems because South African embassy is insisting that we applied for the visas late. They have a strict rule that a visa to their country must take five working days and we applied for it with only four days to go.
"We hope the Kenyan government will step in and help us secure the same.”
With approximately 2920km to cover between Nairobi and Johannesburg and the time running out fast, Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier said that the trip is indeed in doubt.
“We have no money for air tickets, we are trying our best to see that we travel to South Africa this evening but from the look of things all is not well.”
Gor Mahia will carry a 1-0 advantage into the reverse fixture after a positive start at home on April 7. Off the pitch problems aside, Coach Dylan Kerr will also have to deal with a weaker defence following the absence of Ernest Wendo.
Wendo is suspended for the return leg and he will join Godfrey Walusimbi, who has extended his boycott following a contractual dispute with the club.