The Goodison Park, a 40,000-seater stadium in Liverpool will this evening, Tuesday Nov 6th, host the much anticipated historic friendly fixture involving Kenya’s Gor Mahia and Everton FC.
Stakes are high that the clash will not only offer K’Ogalo a massive exposure but also open doors of opportunities.
The team which jetted out of the country three days ago amidst pomp and color underwent a medical examination, conducted by Everton team of doctors, getting a clean bill of health ahead of the duel.
On Monday, the Gor Mahia playing unit had a training drill at Everton’s training ground, the USM Finch Park.
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They later attended media management classes presided over by Everton media personnel.
During the sessions, they were guided on-pitch behavior, mechanism of avoiding injuries on artificial turfs, and how to address local and International media, among others.
“The kind of reception we got here is of class and this will live in the players’ minds forever. Everton officials are so friendly and we want to sustain this friendship for as long as it can be.
We expect a tough match and we’ll not treat our hosts lightly,” the club’s deputy sec gen Ronald Ngala said.
Gor Mahia, who arrived in England on Friday, earned the right to compete against Everton after beating Tanzania’s Simba 2-0 in the eight team SportPesa Super Cup held in Nakuru in July.
Here’s the full Gor Mahia’s squad against Everton
Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch, Fredrick Odhiambo and Shaban Odhoji
Defenders: Philemon Omondi, Wesley Onguso, Wellington Ochieng, Nizigiyimana Karim, Joash Onyango, Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi, Haron Shakava, Asudi Raphael, Shafik Batambuze
Midfielders: Lawrence Juma, Kevin Omondi, Boniface Omondi, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Ondiek Benard, Humphrey Mieno, Cersidy Okeyo, George Odhiambo, Samuel Onyango
Strikers: Mustafa Francis, Eliud Lokuwam
Technical bench: Zedekiah Otieno (Assistant coach), Willis Ochieng’ (goalkeeper trainer), Jolawi Obondo (Team Manager), George Omondi (kit manager), Frederick Otieno (team doctor).
The team will be go against Everton minus lead striker Jacques Tusiyenge who failed to acquire a VISA to the UK last evening where he was expected to link up with the rest of his team members.
Head coach Kerr Dylan has however said he’s optimistic that the boys can still force an impressive result.
Gor Mahia patron Raila Odinga and an ardent football fan will be among the thousands of fans in attendance.
The winning team will be crowned SportPesa Trophy champions.
All the best to K’Ogalo!
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