INTRODUCTION The Mo Constantine Club of Algeria won its qualifying match for the African Football Cup on Tuesday (2 March) -- but only because Luo Union of Kenya failed to turn up.
SV Flags of Kenya and Algeria flying in stadium in Algiers, Algeria
LV PAN Algerian football team Mo Constantine and officials run on to pitch
TOP VIEW & LVs Supporters cheer as Algerians line up with officials in centre of field (3 shots)
SV Algerian practising
SV Referee standing in centre, looking at watch
GV PAN Empty half of pitch
LV Referee collects ball and leads Algerians off field
CU Announcement on scoreboard saying spectators can get money back
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Background: INTRODUCTION The Mo Constantine Club of Algeria won its qualifying match for the African Football Cup on Tuesday (2 March) -- but only because Luo Union of Kenya failed to turn up.
SYNOPSIS: The Luo Union team had been in the Algerian capital of Algiers for two days, but they didn't want to paly on Tuesday because some of their team were unavailable .Algerian football authorises decided the match must go on anyway and the Constantine club. the referee and about 15,000 supporters all turned up at ;the stadium.
The Algerian supporters cheered as their team went on to the field But then the waiting began, with only some hopeful practising by Constantine to amuse the crowd.
The referee looked a bit bewildered. After all, it's not easy to referee a game when only one side turns up.
Four of the Luo Club players were away in Cairo, Egypt, that day, representing Kenya. The club maintained that, under African Football Federation rules, They could have played any day this week.
After a time, the referee decided the Kenyans weren't going to show and Constantine claimed the game by default.The Kenyans plan to appeal against the decision. The disappointed spectators were asked to show restraint when leaving the ground, and they were given their money back.