Kenyan striker Jesse Were forced to return to Zambia after visa hitch in South Africa

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That leaves only Anthony Akumu as the only Kenyan player in Zesco United squad to face Mbabane Swallows on Saturday

Kenyan striker Jesse Were is among four Zesco United players, who were forced to miss a Caf Champions League match against Mbabane Swallows.

The quartet, that includes Were, Enock Sabumukama, Dieudonne Ntibahezwa and Marcel Kasongo were denied entry to South African Airways flight at Simon Mwansa Airport en route to the Manzini eSwatini Kingdom (Swaziland) due to visa problems.

The four players were part of the team that was selected to travel for the return leg of the Group D match scheduled for Saturday.

During the 2018 pre-season training period in South Africa, the four were declared prohibited immigrates by the immigration authorities due to the two extra days the team spent in that country.

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"Since the game will be played in eSwatini, and not in South Africa, the issue of the Visa did not arise when making travel arrangements.

“Zesco is, therefore, engaging the mission in South Africa to ensure that travel arrangements for future engagements are not affected,” Zesco United CEO Richard Mulenga said in a statement.

The four players have since been replaced by Davie Daka, Wingstone Kalengo, Samson Banda and Edward Tembo. Were now joins David Owino, who missed the trip due to injury; leaving only Anthony Akumu as the only Kenyan player in Zesco United squad.