Wayne Rooney, Kenneth Mugunu @KPL
Wayne Rooney, Kenneth Mugunu @KPL

Battling Gor narrowly lose to Everton in Dar es Salaam

Well established English Premier League side Everton beat ex-SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia 2-1 in an entertaining friendly match stage on Thursday before a fair crowd at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Jacques Tuyisenge’s cancelled out famous English striker Wayne Rooney opening goal in the first half beforeKierran Dowell netted the winning goal for the touring English side 10 minutes to the final whistle.

It is Gor Mahia that enjoyed the lion's share of possession although they had only two shots on target the entire first half.

Reigning SportPesa Premier League Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna and Meddie Kagere came close in the 14th and 34th minutes respectively, but they were both unable to finish off their opportunities.

Gor assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno made an injury enforced substitution in the 27the minute to bring in Philemon Otieno in place of defensive midfielder Kenneth Wendo.

Rooney, who has joined the Toffees from Manchester United, scored a spectacular goal in the 35th minute as if to announce his arrival back at the club where his career all started.

Positioned well outside the box, Rooney saw Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch standing outside his line, picked out his spot and sent a powerful shot that the Kenya number one failed to get to despite his desperate lunge.

The former Kenyan champions, however, responded almost immediately.

In the 37th minute, Muguna floated a corner into the area, and Rwandan captain Tuyisenge latched on to the ball to nod it in in emphatic fashion.

A flurry of second half changes saw Wellington Ochieng, Fredrick Otieo, John "Softie" Ndirangu, Oliver Maloba, Timothy Otieno and Anthony Mbugua brought in as K'Ogalo demonstrated they could punch at this weight.

They however were caught out in in the 81st minute when Kierran Dowell produced yet another palm stinging shot that went past substitute custodian Frederick Otieno.

Even with six minutes of added time could not save the former Kenyan league champions from defeat.

K'Ogalo earned the honours of playing against Everton last month in Tanzania after winning the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup held in Dar es Salaam last month.

Gor and Everton are both sponsored by the Kenya-based gaming firm SportPesa who are also the Kenyan Premier League naming rights holders.


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