SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC have raised the bar of Kenyan football and can shock Everton FC at Goodison Park according to Chris Mutinda.
Mutinda, 30, a software developer, was plucked from relative obscurity into the dream world of instant millionaires. This happened after he won the KSh31,093,088m bonus in the weekly leading gaming platform SportPesa Mega Jackpot on Sunday.
The diehard record English Premier League (EPL) winners, Manchester United FC fan maintains local players can excel on the international stage like his idols Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez with better pay and proper structures.
"We want Kenya to be internationally recognised in the world not only in athletics. We have so much talent in football and other sports as well.
“If I had the means, I would invest in football,” Mutinda said on Monday in Nairobi.
Fortune smiled on the Thika Road-based self-employed developer when he correctly predicted 16 out of the 17 games on offer in the Jackpot.
Only a Jamie Paterson equaliser in the 81st minute for Bristol City FC in their 2-2 stalemate away to Bolton Wanderers FC in their English Football League Championship denied him the opportunity to scoop the entire KSh177, 684,943 last week’s mega prize.
“I like Gor because of the good things they are doing in the country. I watched them play Hull City FC on television and they are a talented team. They played well.
“They are capable of beating Everton. There is something about that team, the players are giving everything, they have a good coach and morale,” Mutinda remarked.
He pledged to be among the Kenyans rooting for K’Ogalo who are closing in on their record-extending 17th domestic league crown in the race for the 2018 SPL title. They will step out to Goodison to play the Blues.
“Should they beat Everton, it will bring the winning mentality to our football. From then on, it will be easy for our teams to beat strong teams in Africa like Egypt,” the bonus winner offered.
Gor won the right to play Everton when they beat Tanzanian giants Simba SC in the final of the 2018 SportPesa Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on June 10.
Soft-spoken, Mutinda who was accompanied by his friend, business partner and fellow Red Devil’s supporter, Paul Muchoki, is optimistic Jose Mourinho’s outfit will thrive despite their rocky pre-season. They kicked off their campaign with a laboured 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night.
“Other clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City have invested heavily and it will be a tight competition but I have hope we are going to win.
"When I look at our fixtures towards the end of the year, we have easy fixtures and by December, we could be number one.
“Most of our star players played good football against Leicester but it wasn’t convincing because of the fatigue from the World Cup,” he stressed.
Mutinda, whose previous best winning at the SportPesa platform was KSh 30,000, was among football supporters who could not wait for the EPL to resume.
“The World Cup was so unpredictable. Some of the teams I vouched for ended up losing, for example Spain. There are other teams who let people down and when the EPL started, I resumed playing,” he told with a chuckle.
Muchoki on his part highlighted he would draw inspiration from his friend from their days at the United States International University to keep trying his luck.
“Initially when he read the text he received, he thought it was KSh3m and when he read again, he saw it was KSh31m and that is a big deal. I can only advise him to invest wisely,” Muchoki stated.
“Manchester is my favourite team and we happen to watch some of their matches together since 2013. This is motivation enough,” he added.
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