15 time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia FC filled another page of their history books on the 13th day of July 2017 when they hosted English Premier League side Everton to their first match on African soil at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.
The match, though a 2-1 loss for the Kenyan giants saw almost every player in Coach Dylan Kerr's unit sample out what Ronald Koeman's boys had to offer. 2016 KPL most valuable player Kenneth Muguna played 80 minutes of the match, perhaps longer than any other player on that historic evening and the lean play-maker thinks they did pretty well.
''It was a tough match but I think our confidence gave us a chance. We took the match as any other game and I think we did well against one of the best teams in the world,'' Muguna who came off for Anthony Mbugua says, and adds that they heavily banked on new man at the helm Mr. Kerr's advice. 'He is one good coach. He gave advised us not to fear our opponents but give them the respect they deserve. That gave us hope and we did according to the instructions he had given prior to the game.''
The former Western Stima man however is modest while commenting on the result. That people say Gor Mahia did well does not really excite him because at personal level at least, he wanted to win the match.
''I know people are saying that we did well but we lost. We came here for a win and we didn't get it and that for me is a disappointment. They (Everton) are just like us. There is nothing extraordinary about them. I play for the team and not individual so if the fans say I did well then I think the team did well too,'' concludes Muguna.
Gor Mahia sit pretty at the top of the KPL table standings on 28 points after 15 matches and will look to bounce back from their recent cup exit against Bandari FC when they take on Muhoroni Youth.