How Gor Mahia officials thwarted Nigerian authorities attempt to ‘detain’ coach Oktay
Nigerian authorities attempted to briefly detain Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay upon the team’s arrival in Enugu on Friday night, Nairobi News has established.
To accomplish their mission, the immigration officials claimed they needed time to ‘check’ his passport.
The Kenyan champions are in West Africa ahead of Saturday’s Caf Africa Champions League rematch versus hosts Lobi Stars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
The decision by immigration officials to briefly take away the Cypriot coach and his travel document was immediately protested by the visiting delegation.
“We suspected foul play,” explained Gor’s vocal treasurer Sally Bolo, who is with the team in Enugu.
“I insisted we have to accompany the coach to wherever he was being taken. Suddenly they let him go without checking him,” she further narrated.
Gor Mahia go into the match holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg which was played last weekend in Nairobi.
At stake for the aggregate winner of the tie is a place in the money-spinning group stage of the tournament, a feat which comes with a Sh58 million prize money.