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Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars defender Harun Shakava believe they can match English Premier League side Everton in all departments, if they stick to their game plan.
Gor face the English side from 5.15pm Kenyan time today in a SportPesa Super Cup clash at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, where on paper, Everton remain the high favourites, going by the quality of players they have on their side. Shakava said he expected a thrilling encounter and noted that they were not under any pressure against the big wigs and could not rule out a surprise. “We know we have a tough match ahead of us because.
Everton has good world class players and their level of playing is well better off than Kenya, however, we as a team come into this match with a lot of caution because as much as we hope to learn a lot from them we also don’t want to lose the match,” Shakava said.
Asked whether he feels he can stop English star striker Wayne Rooney and the speedy Yannick Bolassie, Shakava said: “We all know they are good players but football is team-work and not an individual show piece.”
The 24 –year-old defender said they had prepared well for the match and warned their opponents not to underestimate them. “If we will be able to match their pace and don’t concede in the first 10 minutes, then they will be in problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, Everton’s FC left-back Leighton Baines has noted their match against Gor will be a perfect build-up ahead of the 2017/2018 EPL season. The former Wigan Athletic player quipped that the historic match which will be their first in African soil will give their new signings a chance to blend with the rest of the team.