Everton's Opponents In Tanzania Confirmed

by Rob Urbani

Gor Mahia FC have earned the chance to play Everton in a pre-season game in Tanzania next month after they were crowned champions of the SportPesa Super Cup.

Blues Ambassador Graham Stuart travelled to Dar es Salaam to be one of the guests of honour at the final on Sunday afternoon.

The former Blues midfielder presented the trophy to Gor Mahia captain Haron Shakava after they beat fellow Kenyan side AFC Leopards 3-0 to secure glory.

The contest was won courtesy of well-taken second-half goals from Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will bring his squad to the East African nation as part of the Club's 2017/18 pre-season schedule, with the match against Gor Mahia taking place at the 60,000-capacity National Stadium on Thursday 13 July.

Gor Mahia are based in Nairobi and are Kenya’s most successful club, having won the country’s top division a record 15 times.

“Gor Mahia played really well and cemented the win with three good goals,” said Stuart. “They thoroughly deserved to be the winners of the SportPesa Super Cup and can now look forward to playing us in July.

“It was great to make the trip over and be a special guest representative at the final. The hospitality has been magnificent and you can sense that everyone is very excited about Everton coming over to play a match here next month.”

July's trip, which will see Everton become the first Premier League club to play a game in Tanzania, celebrates the Club’s new main partnership with gaming giant SportPesa that was announced in May.

SportPesa is offering complimentary match tickets to Everton supporters making the journey to Tanzania (travel not included). Fans wishing to register their interest can do so via the form below.

Any supporters wishing to travel to Dar-es-Salaam are urged to consult the latest travel advice available from the UK Foreign Office.

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