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
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.
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
“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
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.