Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia are ready to fly to Algeria after getting an authorization letter from the Algerian government.
Gor Mahia is set to take on Algerian side Belouizdad for their first leg of CAF Champions League match on Wednesday, December 23 but had a hitch in their travel after it was revealed on Sunday that they had failed to secure a commercial flight to Algiers.
In an interview with the club's official portal, the club chairman Mr. Ambrose Rachier admitted that they had experienced difficulties in securing a flight but things were already sorted after liaising with the Algerian embassy in Nairobi.
“No passenger flight is allowed to land in Algeria and we had to seek authorization from Algeria, which we got and that had to be confirmed by their Embassy here in Nairobi as well-we got the two important letters that we are free to travel.
“With the authorization letters, we were connected to Qatar Airline by the authorities because that’s the only Airline they use for evacuation and is allowed within their airspace. We are trying our best to make it to Algeria-ware trying to secure the group booking then hit the runway," Rachier said.
Gor had requested the match to be played on neutral ground in North Africa and according to Rachier, they are yet to receive any confirmation from CAF on the same.
“As an option, we had to place in our request for the match to be played in any North African country where flights are allowed. We haven’t received any confirmation on that but we will now go-ahead to travel since we were given authorization,” Rachier added.
Gor made it to the first round of the competition after eliminating Rwanda's APR in the preliminary round with a 4-3 aggregate.