Gor Mahia will try to put aside their below par performance against Nzoia United this past Sunday as they travel to Tunisia for the crucial second leg against Esperrance of Tunisia.
In consultations with the clubs Chairman who has been in constant communication with the concerned authorities ( CAF, Tunis and the Federation ) , I can now confirm that the second leg CAF match pitting our side Gor Mahia FC against Espérance de Tunis will be played on Sunday, 18th March,2018 from 4:00pm Tunisia time at Stade Olympique Rades, Tunis.
Plans are underway to have the team take off on the night of Thursday 15th March, 2018 through Doha to arrive in Tunis on Friday around 2:00pm.” said club secretary Ben Omondi
Earlier on, club CEO Omondi Aduda suspected foul play when Esperance suddenly rescheduled the match. He stated that he change was effected without consultations hence contravening rules provided by CAF.
“There is a lot of confusion because we haven’t received any communication from Caf regarding change of match dates, yet we understand that a correspondence between FKF and the Tunisia FA indicate that the match will be played on Sunday. I have communicated with our federation since morning and up to now I haven’t got any concrete clarification from CAF,” said Aduda.
Indeed one hopes that Gor Mahia will have made their own eating, accomodation and travel arrangements. North African and West African sides are known to frustrate opponents. In 2013, Kenya visited Calabar Nigeria and were denied a training ground for several days. Other opponents have been placed in noisy hotels to prevent them from sleeping soundly. In some extreme cases, clubs have been given suspect food by their opponents. In 1976, Luo Union visited Algeria to play MC Alger. They lost 6-3 and their players claimed that the food they were given on match day left them lethargic.