The much awaited clash pitting Gor Mahia and English side Everton ended 2-1 in favour of Ronald Koeman’s side at the Tanzania National Stadium in Dar-es-Saalam yesterday.
The game saw Wayne Rooney make his second debut for Everton after re-joining them from Manchester United, where he had spent 13 years. The
Three Lions all-time top scorer announced his arrival in a style in the 34th minute with 35-yard strike, which got Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch napping. Gor then equalised four minutes later through Jacques Tuyisenge. However, Everton had other plans as Kieran Dowell netted the second goal in the 84th minute.
Meanwhile, Not many would have predicted that at this stage of the campaign, Posta Rangers would have an opportunity to claim top spot at the half-way stage of the SportPesa Premier League.
Today, they have a chance to do just that when they host Nzoia United. Sitting pretty in fourth spot, two points off top spot, the mailmen will move to number one in the standings with victory against an unpredictable Nzoia.
Goals have been hard to come by for Sammy Omollo’s charges, averaging less than a goal a match but the acquisition of Kennedy Agogo Otieno is already paying dividends as he spared them from defeat last time out with a last ditch effort against. Otieno will be expected to line up alongside either Jared Obwoge or Dennis Mukaisi against Bernard Mwallala’s charges. After a rip-roaring start on their return to the top flight league, Nzoia have fallen by the wayside and talks of an unlikely title challenged have been hushed and replaced with fears of being dragged into a potential fight for survival.
The departure of Brian Omondi is the latest of the headache that Mwalala must grapple with as he seeks to keep the Bungoma-based side in the fight. To do that, he will need to rekindle the early season displays that accounted for no less a scalp than that of champions Tusker.
Meanwhile Posta Rangers goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo did not make the cut for the Sportpesa All Stars team that will travel to Spain a week on Saturday for a series of friendlies. Shikalo was left out of the squad that will be handled by Harambee Stars’ coach Stanley Okumbi assisted by Harambee Stars Under-20 coach, John Kamau. The team doctor is Dr. Wycliffe Makanga.
The SportPesa Premier League All Stars team and delegation will depart Nairobi for Madrid (via Istanbul, Turkey) on Turkish Airlines flight at 5am on Sunday. They will land at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport at 6:20pm on the same day.
The SportPesa Premier League All Stars players, technical bench and journalists will then depart Madrid for Málaga from the Madrid Atocha Railway Station at 10:20pm and arrive in Málaga at 00:45 am. On Monday, the group will then be driven to Mijas La Cala Resort where they will stay and train until July 23.
The SportPesa Premier League All Stars will play Córdoba Club de Fútbol on July 19 at 10pm and Sevilla Atlético on July 22 at 10pm.