Gor Mahia vice captain Haroun Shakava is relishing a chance to face former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney when the 15-time Kenyan champions face off with Everton on Thursday 7th July at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The Kenyan international said playing against the Toffees will help the club in making most of the players gain confidence and learn how to face big sides going into the future.
“We have come here to learn and this is the perfect opportunity for our lads to learn from the likes of Wayne Rooney, guys who most of them idolize”
“It will not be an easy game for us because they are at a higher level than us, they have more experience and exposure that we all want,”
“At the end of the day we will not be looking at the result but the valuable lessons we pick from Thursday’s match,” he told reporters at the Dar es Salaam airport.
The SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders touched down at the Dar es Salaam airport at 12:50pm local time and were escorted to the hotel by the hosts, SportPesa. K’Ogalo.
Gor Mahia under new coach Dylan Kerr will be hoping to turn their fortunes around after a disappointing GOtv Shield penalty loss to Bandari in Thika.
Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno ‘Zico’ said they were not keen to getting a result from this match but learn lessons that will help them in the long run.
“We want to come here and make a statement, make everyone happy and have the lads learn from their more experienced foes”
“We carried all players along save for Alpha who is in school and Shaban Odhoji(berieved) because we want them to know how it feels when facing such sides, at the end of the day it will not matter if they all played or not but what they learnt,” he said.
For the Toffees, the match will the first they engage in ahead of the 2017/18 season and most East African fans traveling to watch the match will be yearning to watch the likes of Wayne Rooney, Phil Jagielka and Morgan Schneiderlin in action.