Posted by:Eric Njiru
By Lotan Salapei
Marco Silva’s Everton will play host to a not so familiar foe on Tuesday evening 6th November at Goodison Park as they welcome Kenyan Side and SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC.
Despite the match’s historic significance, Gor Mahia will be looking to not only be the first east African side to grace the Mersey side turf but also put up a good show.
Everton, who have had a mixed season are expected to use this match as an opportunity for Marco Silva to try new shapes and dimensions and also give valuable game time to some of his young legions.
Led by Brazilian front man Richarlison, The Toffees, have been spotty at best when attacking with the run of play, but their counter attack have bordered sheer masterclass at times.
The lack of intention and ball control that has been seen during the Toffees’ normal build up play vanishes during counter attacks and is instead replaced with inch-perfect passes and precise runs to goal with Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Gylfi as major beneficiaries.
Gor on the other had are no pushovers. Arguably the most successful club in East Africa, the Green army will look to capitalize on their team’s cohesion, pace and athleticism to ride any ‘Evertonian’ onslaught.
Speaking to HBR Fanzone, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr exuded confidence terming this match as crest in the history of the 17 time league champions!
Gor will be hoping in-form front man Jaques Tuyisenge and ever dependable skipper and defender Harun Shakava can provide the much needed fire power and buoy the boys in green in the United Kingdom!
Did you know?
This will not be the first time Gor face Everton after the two teams faced off in 2017 in Dar es salaam in the Sportpesa championship where the 7 time English champions won that duel 2-1 courtesy of a Wayne Rooney thunderbolt!