Everton FC stars have been captured enjoying tea and mandazi in Tanzania ahead of a preseason match against Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC.
The Merseyside team arrived on Wednesday morning and was met by a huge crowd along with a few dignitaries.
Residents were very happy to see their Premier League heroes in person with Everton being the first Premier League team to set foot in the East African nation. Wayne Rooney, who rejoined the Toffees from Manchester United this summer on a free transfer, and Yannick Bolasie got most of the attention as fans chanted and waved to them.
Everton is scheduled to face the 15-time Kenya Premier League Champions on Thursday at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.
In preparation for the match, Ronald Koeman’s men amazed local residents with their humility by having breakfast at local kibanda. The Premier League stars had tea and mandazi not minding their posh dietary plans back in England, before heading out for training.
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The Gor Mahia squad have been in Tanzania since Tuesday morning with their newly appointed coach Dylan Kerr looking to test his side against proper opposition.
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who is also the club’s patron is set to attend the friendly match with a capacity crowd expected at the 60,000-seater stadium.
Everton is not expected to use a strong squad in the game as Ronald Koeman will be looking to give a couple of his new signings and some youth players a run out on the field.
The club is, however, still looking to strengthen the team with news today indicating that they have bid a whopping £40million – a club record – for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international is said to favor a move to Everton and has opted out of a trip to the United States with his team in other to hold talks with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
If successful, Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri will have spent over £140million.