Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia tonigh take to the pitch at Goodison park to take on Everton in a highly anticipated match up that has caught the attention of many football lovers across the world.
The Players have had an unforgettable experience in Liverpool. I bet this will forever remain in their mind and soul for an entire lifetime.
After a League win over Brighton at the weekend, Marco Silva’s Toffees face Gor Mahia this evening in a friendly.
The Merseysiders were in East Africa as part of their pre-season preparations last summer and faced Gor Mahia after they won the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup.
The Kenyan outfit then retained the trophy in June by beating Simba SC Tanzania 2-0 to set up another meeting with Everton, this time in England.
Silva’s side face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday and will obviously rotate their ranks for this evening’s uncustomary fixture.
But the Toffees boss insists he’ll use the match to help his squad members find some form and fitness.
“I expect a tough game. We will make sure we recover our players and prepare our squad,” Silva said.
“The match will be a good moment for us to see different players playing. It is a big moment for Gor Mahia to come here for the first time to play in England.
“We are ready for anything but it is also a chance for me to give minutes to certain players. We had a tough game against Brighton and some of the players from that match won’t be involved.
“Always when you are playing a football game, it is not just a good opportunity to see our players but also those of our opponents as well.
“[On Tuesday] we will have the chance to see new players at our stadium.”
Silva could use tonight’s friendly to give some game-time to summer signing Yerry Mina.
The defender has only played a handful of minutes since joining from Barcelona and could be used this evening to help bring him up to speed.
The likes of Oumar Niasse, James McCarthy, Ademola Lookman and Maarten Stekelenburg could also be given a runout.
Gor Mahia have been boosted by the arrival of the Club’s patron, Raila Amollo Odinga. Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karuri also rewarded the team with a whooping 2 million shillings for their exploits.
The team will however lack the services of talismanic attacker Jacques Tuyisenge who missed the Liverpool trip due to travel hiccups.