La Liga Tour: Boniface opens up on game with Everton
Oluoch sees no shame in Rooney wonder goal
Gor Mahia goalkeeper has no regrets for conceding against the former Man United captain.
Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has nothing but praise for new Everton striker Wayne Rooney after a stunning 25-yard strike caught him flat-footed in Dar es Salaam on July 13.
“He is a top player. The goal sums up the type of a player he is,” Oluoch told The Standard Sports in Malaga, Spain, where he is with the SportPesa Premier League All Star team preparing to clash with Cordoba CF and Seville Atletico.
The 18-man SportPesa All Star team arrived in Spain on Sunday night as part of a partnership deal with Spanish elite division football league, LaLiga.
Oluoch, who led Gor Mahia to SportPesa Super Cup triumph and thus the right to play Everton, added: “Top players think and act fast. He saw me off the line and before I could do anything, he had riffled in.
“Was I wrongly positioned? Not quite because during in-play you have to balance your position from the goal line and the last line of defence so you can quickly react should there be a fifty-fifty chance,” Oluoch said.
Oluoch said Rooney’s strike should be a lesson to Kenyan strikers.
“You don’t see that kind of play from our strikers. In our league, a player is within 18 metres and he is not aware where he is. I think it should be a lesson to our players,” Oluoch said.
Although Gor Mahia replied almost instantly via Jacques Tuyisenge’s brilliant glancing header, Kieran Dowell settled matters, arrowing in from a distance moments after crashing another effort against the crossbar.
“Overall, it was a good experience because we learnt a lot, including mental and physical demands and attention to detail.”