English club Everton prepared for the pre-season clash against Gor Mahia by thrashing lowly Austrian side ATV Irdning 22-0 on Saturday.
The SportPesa-sponsored team is preparing for the 2018/2019 season and have confirmed they will play the Kenyan champions in another pre-season contest at Goodison Park at a yet to be announced date.
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The win was coach Marco Silva's first game in charge of the Toffees and he was without doubt happy with the outcome.
The winning team missed the services of first choice keeper Jordan Pickford who has been turning out for England at the Fifa World Cup in Russia but the scores in this game suggest he was barely missed.
Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas scored five times and Ademola Lookman (3), Cenk Tosun (4), Senegalese Oumar Niasse (4) Vlasic (2) as the English team secured their best ever result in its history.
In between the strikes, the hosts also managed a bizarre own goal via Mason Holgate.
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- Everton (@Everton) July 14, 2018
Everton's impressive form should come as a warning for the Kenyan club who are currently dogged by off the pitch challenges.
Recently when the team was competing at the regional Council of East and Central Africa club championship in Tanzania, Gor Mahia players refused to use their dressing room at the 60,000 seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam ahead of the semi-final clash against hosts Azam FC.
Later, the players claimed the room had been laced with 'witchcraft' by their opponents.
Gor went on to finish third at the competition, but the players snubbed the podium medal award ceremony and cheque presentation owing to a pay dispute.