Will Kenyan clubs make it to the Caf Confederation Cup group stage?
Two Kenyan clubs Gor Mahia and Tusker FC’s fate in the Caf Confederation Cup hang in the balance after registering to lose and draw, respectively, over the weekend.
On Sunday, the former fell 1-0 to Congolese side AS Otoho d’Oyo in CAF Confed Cup first leg tie in Brazzaville
.Roland Okouri netted the host's lone goal in the 63rd minute.
Record Kenyan champions travelled to Congo with a depleted squad after it failed to register enough players during the transfer window as it was serving a Fifa ban after failing to settle dues owed to former players and coach.
Coach Mark Harrison travelled only with 16 players only for two to test positive for the Covid-19 in Central Africa.
"Unfortunately, the PCR test results of two players, Jules Ulimwengu and John Ochieng came back positive." We had them retested, but the authorities refused to give the results in a timely manner. According to the rules, we were forced to sit them out of the game," Gor Mahia sporting director Lordvick Aduda stated.
On December 5, Gor will host the decisive second leg at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
On the other side, Tusker was held to a barren draw by CS Xfaxien in Nairobi.
Tusker coach Robert Matano rued missed opportunities by his charges.
"We need to be well-organized on the field and play with purpose." "First and foremost, we must arrange our defence, then our midfield, and finally our frontline," Matano said.
Matano is confident that his team will improve their performance in the return leg in Tunisia.
"I think the team is coming together nicely." "We have some optimism and belief that we will do better," Matano added.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.