We are playing a football game, and it is always a good chance to see not just our players but our opponents as well. It is a great moment to see new and opposition’s players in our stadium,” said Silva,when asked by reporters about the much awaited match between his team and the East Africa giants Gor Mahia.
Adding that though the match has its own significance with a lot at stake, the manager said he will make a host of changes on the squad with their focus being on Sunday’s highly anticipated league encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“I expect a very good match that will enable us see our different ways of playing. The players have to recover first and get ready for the fixture. But what we know about Gor Mahia, is that this is an important moment for them because they will be the first African club to play in England,” said Silva.
“However, we are ready for everything. What will be important to us is to give some minutes for different players, but some of the players who played today (Saturday) will definitely be not on the pitch in our next match. I want to be honest and fair with you, our most important game is coming up against Chelsea on Sunday.”
But just like Silva, Irish right back Séamus Coleman, who scored a smashing second goal against Brighton, said they cannot afford to underrate Gor Mahia.
“We are all looking forward to the game on Tuesday. It is a great opportunity to the club and we are ready to welcome everyone at Goodison Park. We don’t know much about Gor Mahia, but I think the manager will do the homework about them. It will be a great match for everyone,” said Coleman.
“I have played against a number of African players and I think it will be an opportunity for Gor Mahia players to show their skill and talent on the night, you never know who will be watching and the opportunity that will come out of this game.
As moral booster Gor Mahia longstanding Patron Former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga flew to England to cheer the team,according to his aide,PM Odinga called upon the team to be focused and play a great match noting that scouts were keen to pick some of the players who could end up playing top-flight soccer like the Kenya Captain Victor Wanyama who plays for Tottenham club,Odinga at the same time according to his aid called upon Kenyans in England to join him in cheering this great Kenyan team,’Kogalo’ as they are referred to by fans.