Everton to return to Africa for pre-season game

Thursday, 2 May, 2019 10comments  |  Jump to last
Everton will travel to the Kenyan capital Nairobi to take on Kariobangi Sharks FC in the first of this summer's pre-season friendlies.

The game will take place on Sunday, 7 July (kick-off TBC) at the Kasarani Stadium.

Kariobangi Sharks are winners of the 2019 edition of the SportPesa Cup, east Africa's biggest football tournament, which took place in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in January.

They beat Bandari FC and will to play the Blues for the SportPesa Trophy.  

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Phil Sammon
1 Posted 03/05/2019 at 04:49:40
Only Everton would think to market themselves in the most impoverished countries in the world. I still can’t believe we never made a real go of cracking Australia and the US when we had their ‘soccer’ heroes playing for us.

Well hopefully we make the best of it and return home with the highly prestigious SportPesa Cup.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 03/05/2019 at 08:10:49
Phil, I think it is a good idea, not all of these African countries are that far behind us, and most have TV's and possible access to games.

Plus it can't be denied that a lot of really good players have come from Africa, we have one in our ranks now, so what better for kids growing up wanting to play for Everton.

That team who came over to play against the Kariobangi Sharks and impressed.

Tony Hill
3 Posted 03/05/2019 at 08:34:28
I agree Derek. Africa is a huge opportunity for us. I have no idea whether we have scouts over there, but we should have.
Mark Andersson
4 Posted 03/05/2019 at 10:31:49
Phil you're right about missed opportunities but let's hope the new people in place know what they're doing.

But, unless we start winning something, then no kids anywhere in the world will follow us...

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:32:30
What is the arrangement, one year there the next here?
John Pickles
6 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:49:12
I'm just hoping that we don't next get sponsored by the Mars Exploration Agency.
Simon Smith
7 Posted 06/05/2019 at 17:44:31
I'm with Phil on this, only we could try to generate money in a country that has none.

Send scouts not players !

John Raftery
8 Posted 06/05/2019 at 19:33:19
Where was the queue of companies prepared to match the sponsorship money we are receiving from SportPesa? Part of the current main sponsorship deal, for better or worse, is to play games in East Africa. Are there any Australian companies willing and able to pour millions into our coffers?
Paul Burns
9 Posted 10/05/2019 at 18:15:16
Fck the rest of the world, we want to try and crack the city of Liverpool instead of leaving it for the sh*te.
I'm not interested in mercenary foreign fans who fck off in a heartbeat to manu, chelsea or whoever are doing well, you know, the wan*ers who claim to support Brazil and Real Madrid. You only have to look at the embarrassing circus when liverpool are at home, the city awash with scarfed up buffoons eager to whine along to their karaoke showtunes.
Get a full squad of young, hungry scousers, they couldn't do much worse than the garbage we've put up with in the past few years.
Don Wright
10 Posted 10/05/2019 at 18:50:08
Evening all on a similar tread and linked to the mina tread having just watched the evening news there is a piece on betting in Africa especially youngsters, although bet 365 was mentioned the logo for sportpesa was all over the place, what I would like to know is how will it look for EFC when we go over their to play Kariobangi Sharks FC. But my main gripe was all the kids on the news were wearing red shite/manc shite shirts.

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