As they prepare for another clash with Everton Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr believes that the game at Goodison will be rather different than when the two clubs’ previous meeting in Dar es Salaam in July last year.
Wayne Rooney and Kieran Dowell netted for Everton for a 2-1 win in which was Kerr’s first match in charge.
He said: “Obviously we played in Tanzania but the Rooney factor made it go worldwide.
“The expectation seemed to be that we’d lose by six or seven goals so to only be beaten 2-1 was a very good result.,” he told the Echo.
“I made 25 changes during that game. It was a one-off because we were on the pitch with Rooney and I didn’t want any player to miss out.
“I remember Ronald Koeman complaining because we were doing three substitutions at a time and he wanted the game to continue but I said ‘Look Ronald, I’ve got to give these players a chance.’
“Imagine you were a Kenyan player on the bench against Everton and the gaffer didn’t bring you on, you wouldn’t be happy – I did what I thought was right.
“This time when we come to Goodison we’re only allowed six substitutes so 10 are going to be sat in the stands not doing anything.
As a football man who has enjoyed his greatest triumphs far away from home, the game also has an extra special meaning for Kerr as he hopes that an extra special spectator will be in attendance.
Although tiny in stature, she is his biggest fan.
He said: “My mum has always watched from afar with the success I’ve had overseas but now she can see her wee boy in the dugout at a Premier League club.