USM Alger coach Miloud Hamdi has played down the challenges his side encountered to get to the venue of Wednesday’s Caf Confederation Cup match against Gor Mahia.
A heavy downpour in Nairobi on match day evening meant both the Kenyan champions and the Algerian side were stuck in traffic along the right-lane Thika Superhighway as they navigated their way to the 60,000 seater Moi International Sports Centre,Kasarani for the highly anticipated clash.
A video produced by KTN News shows both teams struggling to navigate through the highway despite escort from the police.
Eventually, the sides arrived at Kasarani some 45 minutes late, a development that affected their preparations for the game, with time for the warming up sessions greatly reduced so as to allow the match – which was broadcast live on TV across the continent from 7pm.
“I cannot complain about traffic because that’s a natural issue, nobody forced it to happen, it just happens and it also affected both teams,” said Hamdi.
The match ended in a scoreless stalemate on the soggy pitch, a result that ensued Gor Mahia remains second on the four-team group that also include Tanzania’s Yanga and Rayon Sport of Rwanda.