Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay cut a frustrated figure after the 2-0 loss at home to Renaissance Sportive de Berkane but played down the situation of the club failing to pay their player's bonuses.
Reports circulated that Gor Mahia players had downed their tools in protest for the club failing to settle their bonuses. K'Ogalo produced one of the worst performances at the continental stage in recent times and will now face an improbable task of overturning a 2-0 home deficit when they travel to Morocco for the return leg of the quarter-finals in weeks time.
Speaking in a press conference after the defeat to Berkane, Oktay was asked if he had a message to Gor Mahia's management"What can I say, it's a big family and I'm in the same boat, families protect each and respect other and I wish my family especially the bigger guys to sort out the issues and then make sure we don't get this kind of problems again because once you get this kind of chance (quarters), you never know when this chance will come again.
"It's good for Kenya, Gor Mahia and everyone, they have to be careful about this kind of stuff and even in Europe a lot of people were texting me before the game, 'are your players going to show up for the game?' and I said to them, of course, we don't have any problems."