The 2017 SportPesa Super Cup was the inaugural edition of an eight-team knockout tournament which featured four teams; each from Kenya and Tanzania created and sponsored by bookmakers SportPesa.
The tournament entailed;SportPesa Premier League champions, Tusker FC, record winners Gor Mahia FC, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars who vied for the Super Cup against Tanzanian giants, titleholder Yanga FC and Simba FC, promoted side Singida United FC and Jang’ombe Boys FC the crown-holders in Zanzibar.
The tournament begun at the quarterfinal stage with penalties separating the teams in case of a draw at regulation time. The quarter final draw pit Leopards vs Singinda, Yanga vs Tusker, Gor vs Jang’ombe and Simba vs All Stars, with all the matches been played at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam.
Only Leopards FC and Gor Mahia managed to reach the finals after tight matches at the semifinals. Gor Mahia managed a break through, defeating their arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 victory, hence emerging the Champions of the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup.
The winner of the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup; Gor Mahia FC got a chance to play against the English Premier League giants, Everton FC, on 13 July 2017. This was Everton’s first visit to East Africa, they played tournament winner Gor Mahia as part of their agreement with bookmaker SportPesa to develop football in East Africa.
“I know Ronald Koeman and the players really had a good match against one of East Africa’s best team,” Robert Elstone, the Everton CEO and Director said at the Tanzanian capital after the match.
The club was the first English Premier League (EPL) club to play in East Africa at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam celebrating their main partnership with gaming giants SportPesa.