Three seasons ago, no one would have predicted that there will be a time a Kenyan club would play against an English Premier League side at any level.
Last year, the dream came true when Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia met then Ronald Koeman-managed Everton at the National Stadium in Tanzania, having won the innaugral SportPesa Super Cup, a match the Toffees won 2-1.
This year, SportPesa have again made it possible and after a week of football at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Gor Mahia will be boarding a plane to the John Lennon Airport to meet Everton now under the tutelage of Portuguese Marcos Silva.
K’Ogalo booked the ticket to Goodison Park after beating Tanzania Premier League champions Simba 2-0 in the final played under murky conditions in Nakuru.
A goal either side of the interval from front two Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge settled the match in Gor Mahia’s favor, booking them a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit and play in England. Kagere gave Kogalo the perfect start by grabbing his fourth goal of the tournament in the third minute with the goal also earning the Rwandan the golden boot for the second year running.
Simba managed to shut the Kenyan champions until the 55th minute when Tuyisenge finished a beauty of a pass from Humphrey Mieno.
Both the goalscorers were withdrawn minutes before the final whistle to a standing ovation from the partisan Green Army crowd.
The victory also earned Dylan Kerr’s men monetary boost of Ksh
3 million with the Tanzanian side taking home Ksh. 2 million less.
Kakamega Homeboyz, beaten 4-1 on post match penalties by Tanzania’s Singida, pocketed half a million Kenyan shillings with their conquerors taking home Ksh 750,000.
Kagere was named the tournament’s MVP while midfielder Philemon Otieno won the final’s man of the match.
Other teams that took part in the tournament were JKU, Yanga and Kariobangi Sharks.