Gor Mahia forced to play CAFCL matches in Tanzania

Gor Mahia forced to play CAFCL matches in Tanzania
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by Staff Reporter

Monday Jul 17, 2023. 13:00

Gor Mahia secretary general Sam Ocholla has revealed that the club will be taking their CAF Champions League matches to Tanzania for the 2023-24 campaign.

K’Ogalo qualified for Africa’s elite club competition after winning the Kenyan Premier League for a record 20th time last season as they pipped defending champions Tusker to the title by a single point on the final day.

However, Johnathan McKinstry’ side cannot play their continental games in Kenya due to none of the country’s stadiums meeting the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) criteria.

With Tanzania the only East African nation to have CAF-approved facilities, Gor Mahia have been forced to look to their neighbours for assistance.

“We intend to use the Azam Stadium for our preliminary matches and then proceed to Benjamin Mkapa Stadium if we happen to advance to the group stages,” Ocholla said.

“It’s very true that Kenyan facilities are not up to scratch. We have already drafted a letter to FKF [Kenyan Football Federation] and we expect them to give us the way forward.

“If we fail to get a reply within the next seven days then the next step would be to engage the Tanzania Football Federation and book a pitch in the country which can be used for our Caf matches.”

K’Ogalo have yet to advance to the group stages in the CAF Champions League era and bowed out in the first qualifying round in their last appearance three years ago.

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