After experiencing challenges to make the trip to Algeria to honour the first leg of CAF Champions League match against Belouizdad, the team can now travel after getting authorization.
This has been confirmed by club Chairman Ambrose Rachier who stated that it’s been a big problem to secure a flight due to the closed Algerian airspace.
“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,” Rachier said.
The Chairman went ahead to state that: “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 – we are trying to secure the group booking then hit the runway.”
The club explored a number of options which included requesting CAF and the host team (Belouizdad) through Federation to move the match venue to a neighbouring country where flights can access without restrictions.
“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,” the Chairman added.
The same sentiments were echoed by club’s Treasurer Dolfina Odhiambo who said: “Our biggest hurdle is the locked Algerian airspace, bookings from Nairobi is a big problem… Authorization to enter Algerian space has been acquired though late (on Saturday) but at least that hurdle is now behind us. We are ready with Covid-19 tests done with all results confirmed negative… it’s all systems go.”
The team is set to play the first leg match against the Algerian side on Wednesday, December 23.