Gor Mahia manager Dylan Kerr is expecting to face a strong Everton side at Goodison Park but believes his side will surprise the Blues players and supporters alike with their ability.
The historic fixture next Tuesday for the SportPesa Trophy will be the first visit of an African club side to a Premier League stadium but is the second meeting between the Everton and the Kenyan champions in as many years.
A true footballing globe-trotter, Kerr was born in Malta and has coached in South Africa, the USA, Vietnam, Tanzania and now Kenya but his voice attests to his Yorkshire roots.
Preparing for arguably the most high-profile game of his career, he told the ECHO: “I keep my feet firmly on the ground and I say it as I see it and that’s what I’ve done both home and abroad as both a player and now a coach.”
While many of his squad are venturing to play outside of Africa for the first time, Kerr has already played at Goodison Park in his own playing career but that was in the old Central League against the Blues second string and he’s expecting next week’s match to be rather different.
“To play at Goodison Park, which I still believe is one of the best football grounds, and one of the best playing surfaces in the Premier League, will be special.
“I played there myself for Leeds United reserves in the 1990s and it was always a pleasure to play on such a great pitch.”
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