Leading his side to the finals after scoring twice in their semi-final match against Singida United, Meddie Kagere is hopeful of his side defending their SportPesa Super Cup when they host Tanzania champion Simba Sunday at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
The winner of the final is scheduled to take on English Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park after a month and the 31- year-old Rwandan forward said they are up to the challenge.
The speedy goal-poacher however acknowledges downing the Tanzania giants will not come easy after seeing them beat Kakamega Homeboyz 5-4 on post-match penalties after 0-0 draw during normal playing time.
“Our game against Singida was very tough and tense as it was very physical. After we got our first goal our challengers kept on pressing for an equaliSer but am glad our defence led by the captain Harun Shakava together with our custodian did not succumb to the immense tension.
We knew we had to score the second goal and when we got the killer goal in the 90th minute we were assured of spot in the final. Going into the finals I pray to be in the same form as today and score a couple of goals for my team again,” said Kagere
In regards to whether he thinks his side can be able to beat Everton in his or her own backyard, he said, “We are taking every match step-by-step. Our main focus now is beating a resilient Simba in the final first.
Gor beat Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) 3-0 in their opening quarter-final fixture.
Gor head coach Dylan Kerr said his side’s ultimate goal is playing against the English side, in order to realise that he has to beat his former employers who fired him last year.
“Playing an English side in their back yard is a prestigious opportunity for any local player and I have prepared my players mentally and physically. We are ready to showcase world-class play in the finals against Simba.
I don’t have problem with them but it’s a few officials who are totally disrespectful, my time there was great and the fans loved me but that is a thing of the past and now am in Gor. Going by the great form and morale in the camp I believe we will beat our opponents. Kenyans should turn out in large numbers and cheer for us,” said Kerr.