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Kenyan champions Gor to miss top
scorer Tuyisenge for Everton game 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya soccer champions Gor Mahia FC will be without their top scorer, Jacques Tuyisenge, when they play English Premier League side Everton FC at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

Rwanda international Tuyisenge failed to secure his passport in time to travel to the United Kingdom on Monday to link up with his teammates ahead of the fixture that will see the record 17-time domestic titleholders become the first team from East Africa to play Premier League opposition.

Tuyisenge, Gor’s most expensive signing when he joined the club in 2016, made personal history last year when he scored for his side in their 1-2 loss to Everton at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam.

Speaking after his side’s final training session on Monday, the club’s English head coach, Dylan Kerr, backed his team to cope without their leading goal-getter who sank 15 goals to lead the club to their 17th league crown last season.

“My players know what I want and the level of football I expect so I’m not really worried. Even without Tuyisenge who is our main striker, our training had not been hampered but Mustapha looked on fire today (Monday) and that’s motivating,” Kerr underlined.

He was referring to Burundi national, Francis Mustapha who joined the club mid season in June as one of those he has earmarked to fill the hole in his forward line alongside Ivorian striker, Ephrem Guikan.

Kerr further backed his team to give their best against their fancied opposition but cautioned them against being overcome by the sense of the occasion.

“I hope the expectations for the game doesn’t get the best of the players. They just need to be organized and stick to the plan. I have got to use my common sense as I pick the first 11 and I have to be very cautious so as to select the perfect line-up,” the Gor boss underlined.

Among the guests who will be watching the game is the country’s former prime minister and club patron, Raila Odinga, who arrived in the UK on Monday.

Gor won the ticket to play Everton for a second successive year when they retained the regional eight-team knockout invitational tournament dubbed SportPesa Cup in June. 

             

 

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