There is no doubt England striker Wayne Rooney will be the biggest attraction in a pre-season friendly when Everton face Kenya’s Gor Mahia in Tanzania.
Rooney re-joined the Toffees from English Premier League rivals Machester United and will be the centerpiece at the 60,000-seater Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar-es-Salam. The game to be shown live on Supersport across Africa creates a new landmark as Everton are the first Premier League side to play in East Africa.
Gor Mahia, winners of the SportPesa also have Uganda Cranes defender Godfrey Walusimbi on their books and he will hope for a significant part in coach Dylan Kerr’s first game.
The 15-time Kenyan league champions won the SportPesa Super Cup that has eight sides – four from Tanzania and four from Kenya.
NASA presidential candidate Raila Omollo Odinga, who doubles as the club’s patron, is set to grace the highly anticipated friendly as he takes a break from the Kenyan campaign trail.