Raila, Kenneth in UK to witness historic Gor Mahia, Everton clash

Gor Mahia players/COURTESY

 

ODM leader Raila Odinga is in the United Kingdom to join other Kenyans in supporting Gor Mahia ahead of Tuesday’s historic match against English Premier League side Everton FC.

Raila jetted in the UK on Monday morning accompanied by his daughter, Winnie Odinga ahead of the clash.

The match will be played at Everton’s Goodison Park and kicks off at 10pm local time.

Raila, who is also Gor Mahia’s club patron, paid a courtesy call on the players during a special dinner in Liverpool where he encouraged them to offer their best and make the club and country proud.

“With @OfficialGMFC in Liverpool last evening ahead of their match today in which they will be taking on @Everton at Goodison Park we wish them all the best,” Raila tweeted on Tuesday.

“They will be part of fans who will be watching tomorrow’s friendly match between Gor Mahia and Everton at Goodison Park,” she added.

The former Prime minister was joined by the club’s chairman Ambrose Rachier, Sports Principal secretary ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri.

During the dinner, Karauri presented a token of Sh2.1 million to the players and technical bench ahead of the match.

The KPL champions booked their clash against Everton after winning the Sportpesa Super Cup tournament in June this year.

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr yesterday decried the absence of lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge as the team prepares to face Everton.

The dependable K’Ogalo striker failed to acquire a visa to the UK last evening where he was penciled to link up with the rest of his team members who are already in England, effectively locking him out of the historic friendly to be played at 39,572 seater stadium from 10pm.

Kerr is however optimistic his boys can force an impressive result.

“I have been watching each and every Everton player and I have nothing to worry about except the number of open scoring chances my boys have been squandering during training,’’ Kerr said.

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