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Gor-Leopards face Tanzanian giants for right to play Everton

Days after Gor Mahia impressed against Hull City in a friendly, SportPesa has again offered four Kenyan clubs a chance to face English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match in June.

These teams, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz, will however first have to triumph at the annual SportPesa Super Cup in Nairobi in June to stand a chance to grab that historic opportunity of playing at Goodison Park.

This competition was launched in Nairobi on Thursday and will include three Tanzanian side namely Simba SC, Yanga and Singida FC, alongside Zanzibar champions Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU).

The week long football tournament, now in its second edition, will be staged at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi from June 3, with the winning side also pocketing Sh3 million.


“We will be coming over with our strongest team with intent to winning the tournament,” said Sunday Haji, Simba’s Communications Officer.

Meanwhile, South African side Cape Town City have opted out of this competition owing to logistical challenges.

“They have been excused because of a clash in the calendar of events, said SportPesa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa.

“SportPesa has done and continues to play a developmental partnership role that deserves commendation¬†and emulation¬†by both local and international corporate bodies,” added FKF DCEO Herbert Mwachiro.

K’Ogalo won the inaugural edition of the tournament in Tanzania last year and earned the right to face a Wayne Rooney led Everton side, a match they lost 2-1 in Dar es Salaam.