Gor Mahia remain optimistic despite defeat in Congo
Despite going down 1-0 to Congolese side AS Otoho d’Oyo in CAF Confed Cup first leg tie in Brazzaville, Kenyan giants Gor Mahia are have kept hope of winning in Nairobi and qualify for continental group stage.
The Kenyan side had a good flight without controversies ahead of the clash in Congo but a setback hit the camp after two players were barred from playing after allegedly testing positive for Covid-19.
Gor Mahia sporting Director Lordvick Aduda says all went on well until the bad news of Covid-19 surfaced, and they were forced to work with the available players – a lean squad without even a single on-field substitute.
“Save for Sydney Ochieng’ and Philemon Otieno who had not fully recovered, the rest of the players were in top shape after our good flight from Nairobi to Congo last Friday – our early travel arrangements allowed us enough time to rest and train in readiness for the match.
“Unfortunately, two players’ PCR test results turned positive, that’s Jules Ulimwengu and John Ochieng’. We took them for retesting and the authorities declined to release the results in good time. We were forced to sit them out of the match as per regulations but we have arranged for another session of test for them,” Aduda told Citizen Digital.
Gor Mahia travelled with only 16 players and with Philemon and Sydney injured plus the two alleged Covid-19 cases, the Sporting Director Aduda appreciates performance and says it’ a results that can be turned in Nairobi.
“Generally, it was a good show by the players under such circumstances, lean squad and humid conditions - the results can be easily turned in the return leg match in Nairobi and we qualify for the CAF group stage.”
Gor Mahia will be traveling back later today to prepare for the return leg match against the Congolese side set for Sunday, December 5.