AFC Leopards’ will now travel to South Africa on Friday night just hours before taking on Supersport United in a Caf Confederation Cup fixture set for Pretoria.
Ingwe chairman Allan Kasavuil has revealed to Goal that the traveling contingent will now leave JKIA at 8pm for Johannesburg en route to Pretoria for the first leg first round match.
"We have been forced to book the team for the 8pm flight on Friday night because we don't want to waste Friday morning as the team can train in Nairobi. We are also in talks with Supersport United to have the match pushed to Sunday and we are hoping that they will grant our request."
Should Supersport turn down AFC Leopards’ request of pushing the match to Sunday, then it will force Ingwe to honour the fixture just hours after arriving. The trip to Pretoria will take the team six hours.
Kasavuli could however, not reveals to Goal whether the traveling team had secured visas to South Africa. Leopards’, who eliminated Defence of Ethiopia 4-1 aggregate in preliminary round, were due to travel on Thursday morning but could not after they failed to obtain visas.
"We applied for the visas at South African mission last Friday (February 21). The staff there say it takes seven working days to process this documents, but am thinking ours is a special case and they have no option but to fast track the same," AFC Leopards' Chief Executive Officer Richard Ekhalie was quoted saying after the trip aborted.