Jetlag worries for Gor ahead of Esperance clash
Kenya’s representatives in the CAF Champions League Gor Mahia will travel to Tunisia in two batches due to unavailability of a direct flight to the north African country.
The first batch will have 10 players and will leave on Friday, while the second batch of 13 will leave on Saturday.
Both batches will leave aboard Qatar Airlines.
Only two airlines, Qatar Airlines and Turkish Airlines, have flights from Nairobi to Tunis, but both make stopovers in Doha and Istanbul respectively.
“Qatar was the best option, as the Doha flight is less than two hours away from Tunis. Istanbul would have been even further. The comfort Qatar Airlines offers will also mitigate the jetlag problem,” said Francis Erick, the club’s Senior Vice Chairman.
Egypt air, which has a direct flight to Tunis, would have been a better option but is fully booked.
Esperance has agreed to foot food and accommodation for 33 players for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will however only pay for 30 visas.
The travelling nightmare could prove a challenge for K’Ogallo, as six of their players will spend most of the week travelling with their respective national teams and may only have a day’s rest on Saturday.
David Owino, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Joseph Wanyonyi will be with Harambee Stars, who play Sudan in Khartoum on Wednesday.
Goeffrey Kizito and Danny Sserunkuma will be with Uganda Cranes in Zambia.
Gor Mahia play Esperance on Saturday in the second leg of the Caf Champions League round of 16.
K’ogalo fell to Esperance 2-3 in the first leg at the Nyayo Stadium last weekend, and will have to win by two clear goals if they are to progress to the quarterfinals.