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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

Deschamps hopes Martial keeps form

first_imgManchester United forward Anthony Martial is now playing at a level he should reach consistently, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.Martial, 22, has found form for United, scoring five goals in his past six games to earn a recall to the France squad.Deschamps hopes the former Monaco star is maturing, challenging the forward to maintain his recent form. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Anthony has been with the national team for a while now. He’s experienced both good and bad times, which is also the case for his club,” he told a news conference on Thursday.”What he’s currently achieving with Manchester United is closer to what he’s able to do regularly. I’m talking about commitment and efficiency in front of goal.Here’s our 23-man squad for the upcoming duels with the Netherlands (UEFA #NationsLeague, 16/11) and Uruguay (friendly, 20/11)!  #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/GDZdHf4Of1— French Team  (@FrenchTeam) November 8, 2018″He’s a young player and I hope he is becoming more mature. He has proved that on the pitch by how important he’s been for Manchester United for a few weeks already.”It’s obvious by Jose Mourinho’s choice [to start Martial] and what he’s doing on the pitch.”Martial has six goals in 13 games in all competitions this season and could add to his 18 France appearances when Deschamps’ men meet Netherlands and Uruguay later this month.The Manchester United winger isn’t the only young player Deschamps is both impressed with and challenging to improve as the manager once again heaped praise on the “extraordinary” Kylian Mbappe ahead of the upcoming matches.last_img read more