This was the Blues' second visit to Africa following 2017's game against Gor Mahia which saw Wayne Rooney score his first goal since returning to the club from Manchester United that summer.
Everton played the current Kenyan champions at Goodison Park last year but this time they play the Sharks who won the SportPesa Cup this time around.
The Nairobi-based club finished third in the SportPesa Premier League this past season.
Everton have taken the following squad to Kenya, 12 of whom who have previously featured at first-team level.
McCarthy stayed home with an injury.
A second-half goal scored by Joe Williams direct off a free kick leveled the score at 1-1 after the Sharks had gone ahead through Abuya in the first half.
The game went to penalties, Williams seeing the first saved, Broadhead, Bowler, and Hornby making no mistake with their efforts. Adeniran seeing the fifth saved and the Sharks winning 4-3 amidst great celebrations from the 64,829 largely local crowd to take the SportPesa Trophy.
Everton (1st Half): Stekelenburg, Holgate, Baines, Gibson, Gomes, Davies, Connolly, Schneiderlin, Niasse, Lookman (15' Broadhead), Walcott.
Everton (2nd Half): Lössl; Astley, Holgate (75' Feeney), Gibson (88' Markelo), Robinson; Adeniran, Baningime, Williams; Bowler, Hornby, Broadhead.
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1 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:37:09
2 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:39:31
3 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:40:56
4 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:41:51
5 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:50:25
6 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:50:54
All in all, there are very few first teamers amongst the travelling party, looks more like an assessment of the youngsters we have in the ranks.
7 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:56:15
8 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:58:23
I think Gibson and Adeniran could come away from it gaining the most, both will be big fixtures within the u23 set up and may gain a place training a lot with the first team if they show Silva the correct things on this tour.
9 Posted 06/07/2019 at 10:02:05
10 Posted 06/07/2019 at 10:07:44
Davies, Williams, Schneiderlin, Markelo. No McCarthy? Thought he would have liked to have a look at him
11 Posted 06/07/2019 at 10:28:11
Interesting that McCarthy, Pennington, Garbutt, Besic & Tarashaj are not going. Hope they have deals lined up. 5 more off the list.
12 Posted 06/07/2019 at 10:43:40
13 Posted 06/07/2019 at 10:52:22
14 Posted 06/07/2019 at 11:35:09
The result is of no consequence as rotations will be made.
15 Posted 06/07/2019 at 12:18:03
Lets hope all our squad enjoy the trip to Kenya and the club doctors have ensured thoroughly that everyone has been adequately medicated against malaria ect.
Many a Premier League player has gone to malaria endemic parts of Africa and fallen ill, once happened to the Yak when he was at Boro.
Take no risks with a disease that can become very serious.
16 Posted 06/07/2019 at 12:34:43
17 Posted 06/07/2019 at 12:47:42
18 Posted 06/07/2019 at 13:17:49
Wondering if we wont get any further signings till we announce another departure.
19 Posted 06/07/2019 at 14:18:52
Andre Gomes is a very humble chap and bloody tall. He has the physique for this league, no doubt about it.
Mason Holgate very chatty and friendly. Sadly my son was star struck so he was muted despite Mason's best efforts to banter with him.
20 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:17:42
Do you live in Kenya or are you just visiting for the game? Is there much buzz locally?
21 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:19:16
Osman is a very passionate fella thats true, never met Gomes or Holgate so cant speak for those lads but Ossie is a real character tough mentally and diehard blue.
22 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:23:35
Pennington is injured. Can't believe Darron Gibson made the squad. :) It will be interesting to see how Silva uses these friendlies. Last summer he pretty much used the whole squad, switching 10 or 11 at half time as he was presumably assessing the team.
This time around, will he focus on getting the regulars up to speed? Give some youngsters a chance to impress? or try to stick some jokers in the shop window? It will be difficult to facilitate all three. Personally I would focus on using the regulars and maybe 3 or 4 of the most promising youngsters.
23 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:28:42
24 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:31:36
That being said, I seem to recall last year it came out that Everton have a contractual obligation to field a certain number of first teamers in these African match ups. So it could be that it is essentially the reserves plus the required quote of first teamers. Would explain some of the other senior ommissions?
25 Posted 06/07/2019 at 15:31:59
26 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:00:02
27 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:02:00
28 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:20:17
29 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:37:53
30 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:51:42
31 Posted 06/07/2019 at 16:51:45
Daily Fail reporting Moshiri wants Diego Costa.
Costa v Ferguson a lot of people would pay to see that.
Costa v Van Dijk - get it on.
A real pity its a load of crap.
32 Posted 06/07/2019 at 17:23:34
If we can build a proper platform in that continent then it could do us a power of good.
33 Posted 06/07/2019 at 17:59:58
ETID = Leon Osman
34 Posted 06/07/2019 at 18:03:45
35 Posted 06/07/2019 at 18:45:41
I am going for a 3-1 win, Niasse double and Broadhead.
36 Posted 06/07/2019 at 19:59:51
Most South Africans follow the EPL pretty closely so as soon as they realised that I was British they wanted to talk football. I was surprised how many referred to the Pienaar - Baines partnership.
37 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:38:10
Of course the Gibson mentioned is Lewis Gibson, the U23 CB.
38 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:34:22
Tony @32 Kenya is really growing. SportPesa is expanding globally and I talked to their CEO. They are planning more sponsorships across sports. Their worry is that UK govt is mulling curbing betting advertising. It would be a blow - as I think the Everton partnership has worked well for them and they sounded very keen to do more.
Mike @ 25 - I was lucky enough to be invited to a dinner by SportPesa. Managed to chat with Sasha R and Marcel Brands. Marcel Brands is one of the nicest people you will meet. He gave nothing away on transfers save to say that they had some firm targets and also were working to offload players. Sasha R - a very shrewd man. We chatted about his career pre Everton. Deep experience in Finance, raising money and deal making. A top Pro and his knowledge of other many things was very good. He was passionate about the Women's team and spoke of "Fair pay" - but said that City and Utd were pumping serious cash and we would face a challenge.
Brent @ 34 my South African sojourn ended a couple years back and I moved to Kenya to be with me elderly ma. Very lucky that the mighty blues are visiting. Kenyan football is still developing. Asked a question of Marco Silva on what he expects tomorrow - he said he thought Kariobangi Sharks were young, energetic but probably tactically inexperienced. Nonetheless, first pre season game, lots of rust in the legs so I think the work out is what is important.
I am heading to the game (several kms out of town in a monolith stadium) and will report back. I expect a sell out. Normal tickets are $1 and VIP tickets are $10 so I think 60,000 will be there.
39 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:36:11
40 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:46:20
A comedy moment involved Walcott. The dinner I was invited to was in the same hotel players were staying in. Theo pops down to the hotel restaurant to grab some treats, hoping to leg it back to his room. He is immediately surrounded by serving staff and spent 10 minutes taking selfies whilst clutching 2 muffins and standing in his socks! He thought he could dash in and out.
He was the most recognised player who came (even more than Andre Gomes) - given how popular Arsenal are here.
41 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:21:34
42 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:37:56
43 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:51:03
44 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:45:14
45 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:52:27
46 Posted 07/07/2019 at 00:16:23
47 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:17:40
48 Posted 07/07/2019 at 02:47:04
Bit of an extreme analogy. Dont think Kenyans and Senegalese have ever fought one another in a fratricidal war.
49 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:42:13
Unsurprisingly he told me his biggest referee friend in the game was Collina. At that stage I'd lost the will to live, and wished him luck on his move to China. I was told by one of his friends that we was on half a million a year, tax free, in the Middle East, so can only imagine he's getting paid a lot more in China.
50 Posted 07/07/2019 at 11:23:03
Even though Im sure it was simply made in jest the post implies that all African countries cultures are broadly interchangeable.
51 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:51:29
52 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:22:19
53 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:23:50
54 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:25:39
55 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:40:38
56 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:41:19
57 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:45:22
58 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:49:17
59 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:01:24
60 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:01:48
61 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:02:24
62 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:09:57
63 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:12:35
64 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:15:44
65 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:16:11
66 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:17:47
67 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:21:44
68 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:22:16
69 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:26:38
70 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:26:47
At least an upgrade from the days off- It's not working !!--well give it a thump and see if that helps
71 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:28:01
72 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:28:28
73 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:28:42
74 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:29:19
75 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:29:26
Can I be the first to say Holgate will never make it?
76 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:29:31
77 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:29:33
78 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:31:21
79 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:36:00
80 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:36:18
81 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:36:25
82 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:37:15
83 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:39:30
84 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:39:51
85 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:39:55
86 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:40:25
87 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:42:24
88 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:42:27
89 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:42:57
90 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:43:03
91 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:45:03
92 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:45:27
93 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:45:42
94 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:46:08
95 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:47:55
96 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:49:13
97 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:50:18
98 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:50:33
Is it on Everton TV, and if so is it free to season ticket holders ?
99 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:50:55
100 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:51:53
101 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:52:00
Hardly surprising it all looks shambolic.
They've got some dangerous pace in attack and made it pay, albeit greatly assisted by Holgate. Watching the 1st teamers is interesting. Baines still got it. Schneiderlin being Schneiderlin. Gomes very lethargic and showed (again) his stupid nasty side with a completely unnecessary piece of retaliation. Walcott anonymous apart from his pass to Broadhead he should have scored from. Walcott should have done better rolling the ball into Connolly but it didn't have enough pace or angle on it for the full back to have a right bang at the ball. Davies the pick for me in our midfield.
But poor fare, no doubt.
102 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:52:28
103 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:56:44
104 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:58:59
105 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:00:26
106 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:01:01
Good preparation, but nothing to learn at this stage
107 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:02:51
108 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:03:55
109 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:04:26
110 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:05:04
111 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:06:38
112 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:06:48
113 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:08:21
114 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:08:42
115 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:09:51
116 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:10:13
117 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:12:27
118 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:13:37
119 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:14:45
120 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:16:10
121 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:16:15
122 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:16:21
123 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:16:48
My first impressions of the kids are actually quite positive.
124 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:17:10
125 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:18:33
126 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:21:30
127 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:23:36
128 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:26:25
129 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:28:34
130 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:31:15
131 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:32:36
132 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:33:30
133 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:34:34
134 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:37:31
135 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:43:39
136 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:43:44
if that was Manure that would have been a pen all day long...
137 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:46:47
I thought we were quick to judge
138 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:46:47
Or just go to the source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/
139 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:49:36
140 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:50:59
141 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:01:54
142 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:03:46
143 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:04:06
144 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:05:19
145 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:06:02
146 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:07:08
147 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:07:27
148 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:08:10
149 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:09:05
150 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:09:26
151 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:09:57
152 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:10:39
153 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:11:29
154 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:11:46
155 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:11:53
156 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:12:55
157 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:13:14
158 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:14:01
159 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:14:48
What happened to the John Moores Cup that we used to compete in?
We always had a pretty good chance playing Tranmere to lift a Cup, cant we go back to that!?
160 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:15:54
161 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:15:57
162 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:20:08
163 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:23:07
164 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:23:17
165 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:25:10
166 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:26:30
167 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:20:35
For the veterans like Walcott theyve been through enough preseasons to know its about building up fitness. For the kids there is a huge incentive to impress Silva in the absence of the seniors.
168 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:21:23
Kasarani was packed and partisan. However after a bright start, we slowed the game down. Awe and anticipation gave way to slight bemusement. The Sharks smelled blood.
The ref was useless. He got a few calls wrong. It looked to us like Lookman had been the victim of an off the ball challenge. Their lot were baring their teeth, snapping into challenges and going in for the kill.
Then, blood was in the water. A razor sharp move punctured our back line and led to a goal. Pandemonium in the stands as disbelieving Kenyans could not believe the home side were in front. I thought the goal was offside but apparently not. It was well crafted and a smart finish.
They continued to threaten and we were treading water. Andre was snarky and got a booking. Morgan looked like a fish out of water, whilst Walcott looked on helplessly as the supposedly first teamers looked like novice swimmers thrashing around.
Second half and Unsy's boys were sent out. We instantly looked hungrier, fitter, sharper. We had the Sharks pegged back and our wide boys were very impressive. Broadhead looks a real find, and I like the look of young Robinson.
Joe Williams scored a great equaliser after Hornby missed a good chance. We continued to press and caused their keeper to make a good save.
Onto penalties and inevitably we had a couple of poor penalties which their keeper was delighted to gobble up.
The crowd were in a frenzy as Sharks lifted the cup.
Overall: fantastic atmosphere and affirmation of the quality in the U23 ranks.
Lookman (pre injury)
Looked as if they were trying to avoid too much physical contact. Perhaps conserving themselves for a transfer away?
Gomes was pleasing on the eye initially but became frustrated. I actually thought Davies did ok but generally we were poor in the first half. Second half the wide boys, Robinson and Williams upped the pace
Adeniran is a real unit but made a few errors. Beni looked really out of sorts.
Hey ho, onwards and upwards. We failed to lift the cup but the club made friends and, I hope, Silva uses the second half performance as a platform to blood a couple of the promising lads.
169 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:28:06
Yet again this midfield looks extremely sluggish when Gueye is missing. I hope Walcott will not get as much game time this season.
Im concerned by how few players weve sold so far. Still so much deadwood to shift.
170 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:33:08
171 Posted 07/07/2019 at 18:11:57
Anyone else - how did everyone play?
Particularly interested in Gibson (picked ahead of U23 captain Feeney), Robinson (can he challenge at left back) and Williams (rave reviews at last 2 loan clubs).
172 Posted 07/07/2019 at 18:56:00
That said, we should not be losing these games, first pre-season game or not.
173 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:14:01
174 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:57:23
175 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:08:53
None of them were poor by any means, and basically more committed than a lot of the first teamers were in the first half, the ones who stood out for me were Bowler, Broadhead, Williams, Gibson in particular, but Robinson was okay and Astley will be some player if he continues his progress, he is basically a bit younger than the others.
Compared to other pre-seasons this was encouraging although we lost on penalties, due mainly to the youngsters, who previously have just gone through the motions, without leaving any lasting impressions. Must hope he continues to use them in other games coming up.
176 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:13:42
Prediction: Most of us will forget about this match very quickly.
177 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:15:21
I watched the game on the OS so unfortunately the link was crystal clear. We were shite in the first half – difficult to pick out anyone who was decent – but in the second half I'd say our U23 team would definitely finish top half in the Kenyan Premier League.
Broadhead, Josh Bowler, and Joe Williams currently look they're capable of decent careers in the lower divisions but only time will tell if they're going to be any better than that. Have to admit I can't see a breakthrough into the first team for anyone this season, though for me Bowler was the most eye-catching of them – but he didn't look any better than, say, Vlasic.
178 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:49:31
179 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:59:59
180 Posted 07/07/2019 at 21:40:19
Watching Copa America final right now. I see Richarlison has made it back to at least dress. Mumps in adults can be messy.
181 Posted 07/07/2019 at 21:58:03
182 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:10:12
183 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:33:29
184 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:36:25
185 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:41:40
186 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:45:14
I still have to laugh though at the posters who are getting worked up about the team selected, subs, and then horror of the penalty shootout.
It will have absolutely no bearing on the season ahead.
187 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:54:33
I know someone will know the answer and I know we have to be in the top 3 . The criteria being top flight club, last 40 years? I honestly suspect we are.
188 Posted 07/07/2019 at 22:55:29
Prediction: Most of us will forget about this match very quickly.
189 Posted 07/07/2019 at 23:59:25
190 Posted 08/07/2019 at 02:09:03
191 Posted 08/07/2019 at 10:10:41
Mind you they have a very Brazilian sounding front line of Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.
We'll come out of our shell soon.
194 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:06:00
196 Posted 10/07/2019 at 01:46:51
Professionals should be trying to win EVERY game and all the excuses are meaningless. Start as you mean to go on.
A few weeks off and we're like an overweight, knackered alehouse team (again). Seems we'll never learn that standards have to be maintained in all matches, this isn't a fucken part-time hobby.
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