With head coach Ze Maria on holiday, Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno will be in charge of the Gor Mahia squad that will participate in the inaugural Sportpesa Super cup. The tournament is an opportunity for Zico to reprise his skills as a head coach.
It is also an opportunity for players who have not seen much playing time to finally prove their worth. New signings who showed promise like Shaban Odhoji, Teddy Osok, Makbul Karim, Jeconiah Oyuga, John Ndirangu and Oliver Maloba will use this as an opportunity to showcase their skills.
The last time Gor Mahia played in a regional tournament in Tanzania was in 2015 when they lost in the final of the CECAFA club cup to Azam. They will be looking to make amends. Their campaign starts against Jangombe FC of Zanzibar.
Nine time English champions, Everton, will be traveling to Dar es Salaam to play the winners of the eight team tournament.
“We are breaking new ground and we have no doubt we’ll be making new friends and adding to our growing international fan base when we visit in July.
“I know Ronald Koeman and the players are really looking forward for a good match against one of East Africa’s best team,” Robert Elstone, the Everton CEO and Director said at the Tanzanian capital.
Full Squad: Goalkeepers: Shaban Odhoji and Peter Odhiambo; Defenders: Bernard Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng, Makbul Karim, Mike Simiyu, Joash Onyango; Midfielders: Anthony Mbugua, Teddy Osok, Amos Nondi, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wagula; Forwards: George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Jaconiah Oyuga, Meddie Kagere, John Ndirangu and Oliver Maloba. .
Group A: AFC Leopards, Yanga, Tusker, Singinda United.
Group B: Gor Mahia, Jang’ombe Boys, Nakuru All Stars, Simba.