By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
English Premier League side, Everton
FC will host Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC for a friendly match
dubbed SportPesa Trophy at Goodison Park on Nov. 6 or 7,
organizers announced on Thursday.
SportPesa who are the title partners of both clubs said in a
statement issued in Nairobi that they arranged the fixture “as
part of their efforts to develop local football through
leveraging on its international partnerships.”
“This is an amazing
opportunity for the players and Kenyan football because it is
worth more than anybody could offer money for. I’m very excited.
It is an opportunity for Gor Mahia to put Kenya on the global
football map by playing one of the most established clubs in the
UK,” said British Gor head coach, Dylan Kerr who led Gor to the
2017 domestic league crown.
Gor, who are on the
verge of successfully defending their league crown, will
therefore become the first Kenyan club to play on English soil
and tour Britain.
“Gor players will
get a chance to play against the best and sample one of the
oldest and best stadiums in the world - Goodison Park.
“Everton is one of
the most established clubs in the UK being the only one to play
over 100 seasons in the EPL,” SportPesa Africa CEO, captain
Ronald Karauri remarked.
“The friendly will
be good exposure for the Gor who have given their best to put
Kenya on the global and regional map in matters football,”
The record 16-time
Kenyan league winners won the ticket to travel to England to
lock horns with Everton when they beat Tanzanian crown holders,
Simba SC 2-0 on Jun. 10 to retain their SportPesa Super Cup
Gor will be seeking
to avenge their 2-1 loss to Everton in Tanzania on June 13 last
year when they faced-off for the first time after the Kenyan
giants won the inaugural Super Cup.
Everton legend Wayne
Rooney, who was returning to the club after a successful spell
at Manchester United FC, opened the scoring before Jacques
Tuyisenge leveled for 1-1 at half time.
notched the winner with less than 10 minutes to play in what
marked Kerr’s first match as Gor head coach.
On May 13, Gor also
played English Championship side Hull City FC at a sold-out Moi
International Sports Centre, Kasarani that ended in a 4-3
victory on post-match penalties for the Tigers when both sides
sweated to a barren draw in regulation time.