Gor Mahia duo cleared to play after Covid-19 scare
Former Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia can breathe a sigh of relief after two players who were detained in Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over positive Covid-19 tests were cleared to travel back home.
Burundian forward Jules Ulimwengu and midfielder John Ochieng' remained in Congo and were set to face an eight-day quarantine that would see them miss Gor's return leg against AS Otoho d’Oyo, but the duo have been cleared to return home.
"Good news, Jules Ulimwengu and John Ochieng' are on their way back to Nairobi from Congo after good efforts to have them cleared," a statement by Gor Mahia read.
The duo are expected back home today following mediation efforts by the club and provide a huge boost to the home team who had 13 players registered ahead of the CAF confederation cup return leg.
Ulimwengu and Ochieng' did not travel back with the rest of the group over allegations of positive Covid-19 tests.
They were among 16 players that travelled for the CAF Confederation Cup play-off against AS Otoho d’Oyo on November 28 before they were barred from travelling back.
Gor Mahia have an uphill task in the upcoming return leg as they seek to overturn a 1-0 loss suffered in DRC for them to progress to the group stage of the Confederation Cup.
The Kenyan side went down 1-0 to Otoho d’Oyo in the first encounter in the CAF Confederation cup that was played last Sunday in Congo.
They will be in action for the return leg on December 5 and this means their Premier League fixture will have to be postponed to accommodate the continental assignment.