Marumo in crisis ahead of CAF tie


Marumo Gallants who are this year's South African representative in the CAF Confederation Cup have been plunged into crisis after travelling to Equatorial Guinea with just 13 available players.

A series of administrative issues have seen Gallants short of numbers in their playing squad for their first-round first-leg tie against Futuro Kings on Saturday.

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To compound matters Gallants find themselves without a recognised goalkeeper ahead of making their debut appearance in the continental competition.

The Limpopo-based side is currently holed up in Malabo, the island capital city of Equatorial Guinea, with the only airport which allows for international arrivals into the country.

Then will fly to Bata on Friday before embarking on a four-hour bus journey to Mongomo where they will play.

After the match on Saturday, they will then endure another six-hour bus trip to Yaounde in neighbouring Cameroon from where they will fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before connecting to Johannesburg and then back to Polokwane via another bus trip.

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Besides the 13 players, Marumo has just three technical team members available in head coach Sebastien Migne, Jean-Francois Losciuto the assistant and a member of the medical team.

The technical team are awaiting the arrival of Washington Arubi following initial visa complications after international duty with the Zimbabwe national team on Tuesday.

"We had a problem of passports with some of the players in our team who didn’t have passports while some were not even registered for CAF, so it is really complicated," Migne tells from Malabo.

"This is a complicated country to visit with all the visa requirements and without a visa you need to go back to South Africa after which you travel in from

"We are hoping that Arubi arrives tonight so that we at least have a keeper in goals. We are keeping our fingers crossed because right now we have 13 players and without a keeper. Some of our best players stayed behind because they are not registered so it is difficult for us here. We don’t need a coach here but rather a magician.

"This might be the biggest challenge that I have ever had in my career just like it could be for my players. If Arubi arrives we will have 14 players and hope that we don’t have crazy injuries. Travelling needs you to be really organised because to get here we travelled from Polokwane to Johannesburg then Addis Ababa before we got to Malabo.

"As I told you in this situation you need a magician, but we will soldier on since this is all new for the club. We will use this as a chance to develop team spirit," Migne added.

Scroll through the gallery to see Marumo Gallants' new home and away kits for the 2021/2022 campaign

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