Gor Mahia FC made history on Sunday when they became the first-ever champions of the SportPesa Super Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over AFC Leopards SC in the Mashemeji Derby final at Uhuru Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam.
They will now play English Premier League (EPL) side Everton FC on July 13 at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam after lifting the trophy that came with a USD30,000 winners’ cash prize.
After the match, Gor Mahia FC wasted little time in sending challenge to English Premier League (EPL) side Everton FC as they celebrated winning the SportPesa Super Cup title.
A few moments after the final whistle of their massive 3-0 Mashemeji Derby victory over AFC Leopards, excited K’Ogalo players raced around the Uhuru Stadium waving a banner bearing the message, “SportPesa Super Cup champions, see you soon Everton FC.”
“It’s an honour to play against Everton because its a big club in the world and I’m sure we will get exposure. I’m looking to play against Lukaku because he is a top striker. As a defender, he will be a good test against me,” field captain Harun Shakava said post-match.
“We are happy to have to made the final with our arch-rivals but we did not expect we would beat them so easily,” the defender added.
Gor were also presented with USD30,000 for winning the trophy having beaten Jang’ombe Boys FC of Zanzibar in the quarters and fellow Kenyans Nakuru AllStars FC in the semis 2-0 apiece before their coup de grace on Sunday.
The resounding victory was a fitting climax to the inaugural Super Cup created and sponsored by leading bookmakers SportPesa that brought together eight teams in a battle christened Tanzania versus Kenya.
Dar giants, Simba and Yanga as well as Singida United FC represented the host nation whilst SPL champions Tusker were the invited team from Kenya.
About SportPesa SuperCup
The inaugural SportPesa Super Cup is an annual eight-team knockout football tournament contested by professional football clubs under the sponsorship of online betting firm SportPesa. Participating teams hailing from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar compete against each other in the round of 8, from which 4 teams progress to the semi-finals round, and ultimately the tournament winner is selected from the final duel.
Teams participating in this year’s competition are Gor Mahia FC, AFC Leopards, Tusker FC, Nakuru AllStars, Simba SC, Young Africans SC, Singida United, and Jang’ombe Boys FC. The winning team shall not only be crowned champions of the Super Cup but will also proceed to play against Everton FC