Maritzburg United defender Brian Onyango Mandela may not be able to resume duty with the club in good time owing to a ticketing hitch after he took part in the game pitting his country, Kenya, against Mauritius on Sunday 11 October.
The defender reported for national team duty on Friday 9 October and was expected to fly back to South Africa on Monday 12 October but the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) failed to deliver a ticket for him which left him unable to travel back.
The defender spoke to 366football.com, about his situation and confirmed the federation had not provided a ticket for him by close of business on Monday.
“I was supposed to get my ticket and fly to Pietmaritzburg yesterday but up to 6pm I did not have my ticket and my trip back to South Africa was jeopardized by the fact that the South African Airlines office told me my ticket had issues.
“I contacted the federation about it and they told me to wait but while I wait, the club is getting impatient. If nothing is done by tomorrow I will be forced to pay for my own ticket back, which is not what the federation should be making us do,” he said.
The federation has not said a thing so far with the CEO, Michael Esakwa and President Sam Nyamweya both not answering calls from 366football.com.
Unconfirmed reports also say Paul Were has been stranded in Kenya since coming for the game against Zambia on Sunday 6 September with the federation failing to provide him a ticket back to Greece to rejoin his club.
The ticketing issue has presented thorny relationships between the federation and players with Arnold Origi declining to honor both the home and away fixtures against Mauritius after the federation failed to refund his tickets for the Zambia game.