Injured centre forward Jacques Tuyisenge was left out of Gor Mahia squad which departed for Equatorial Guinea yesterday for the return leg of the CAF Champions League match against Vegeteranios tomorrow.
The Rwandan import picked up an ankle injury during Gor’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Zoo Kericho last Thursday and is still being assessed by physiotherapists who will ascertain how long he will be out of action.
However, combative midfielder Humphrey Mieno, who had also sustained a knock during the same match, passed a late fitness test and was incorporated in the 19-man squad bound for Equatorial Guinea capital Malabo. In the absence of Tuyisenge, Gor coach Dylan Kerr will have to utilise the likes of Meddie Kagere, Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, George “Blackberry” Odhiambo and Samuel Onyango in the goal-hunt.
The Kenyan champions departed at 5am aboard Ethiopian Airlines and were scheduled to land at Addis Ababa from where they will connect to Malabo. Uncertainty had shrouded Gor’s journey to Malabo due to lack of funds until the Ministry of Sports procured the tickets of 30 people inclusive two Football Kenya Federation (FKF) representatives.
Gor are enjoying a two-goal cushion over Vegerteranios having won the first leg 2-0 in Machakos and can afford any kind of draw to reach the first round of the competition. Meanwhile, the government bailed out equally broke AFC Leopards who finally left for Madagascar for the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary return leg against FOSA Juniors tomorrow.
Unlike Gor, Leopards have a monumental task against Juniors who forced the Kenyan representatives to a 1-1 draw in the first leg duel at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.