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Walcott leads Everton stars in Kenya

first_img0Shares0000England International Theo Walcott with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – English Premier League side Everton FC are set to feel the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani pitch at 5pm today (Saturday) on the eve of their grand friendly match against Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks slated for Sunday.Everton led by England forward Theo Walcott arrived in the country on Saturday morning aboard the giant chartered Airbus A340 private jet ahead of their historic first tour in Kenya. Also, in the squad led by their manager Marco Silva, are Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Silva, Oumar Niasse, Ademola Lookman and Jonas Lossl among others.Decked in a black tracksuit and blue jacket, Silva who is leading a team to play for in Africa for the first time led his side to disembark from the plane before the players, technical staff and officials were ushered into the country by a traditional dancing troupe, Sarakasi Dancers.“We are glad to be back to East Africa for the second time and our match with Kariobangi Sharks will pave way for our pre-season tour that started this week. We look forward to the game tomorrow (Sunday) which we hope to enjoy,” Everton seasoned left back, Leighton Baines told SportPesa News.Cognisant on the lengthy journey from Liverpool, the Blues were whisked away to their hotel in a convoy of 25 vehicles shortly after their arrival that was covered live on local television and social media to underline the stature of the majestic event.Kenya has been a buzz about the tour of the Blues to the country since January when Sharks earned the right to host then in Nairobi after beating local rivals Bandari FC 1-0 in the final of the 2019 SportPesa Cup.The official confirmation of the fixture in May set in motion an elaborate sequence of planning and events as technology and entertainment business, SportPesa partnered with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to turn the tour dubbed Everton In Kenya into reality.Walcott interestEngland International Theo Walcott (R) with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNow, Kenyan football lovers can finally believe they have a chance to watch the stars they have followed with keen devotion take on the best of the EPL on home soil with the 60,000-seater MISC Kasarani expected to fill up to witness from close quarters what Everton is all about.-Everton in Kenyan squad-Maarten StekelenburgJonas LosslMason HolgateLewis GibsonMorgan SchneiderlinDennis AdeniranTom DaviesTheo WalcottAdemola LookmanLeighton BainesAndre GomesOumar NiasseRyan AstleyCallum ConnollyMorgan FeeneyAntonee RobinsonBeni BaningimeJoe WilliamsNathan BroadheadFraser HornbyJosh BowlerNathangelo Markelo-By SportPesaNews-0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United star Juan Mata targets title challenge and a trophy win this season

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes the club must challenge for the Premier League title this season after two disappointing campaigns.Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, the Red Devils have finished seventh and fourth in the English top-flight, well below the usual expectation of the side.And Mata believes the Old Trafford faithful deserve to see the side battling for top spot, as well as winning a trophy.“Last season the important thing was to get into the Champions League,” he said.“Now we need to do one more step forward and try to fight for the title because it is what this club means, fighting for and winning trophies.“This season we want to win an important trophy. We feel it is what the fans deserve.” Juan Mata 1last_img read more