Osman Relishing Cultural Experience In Tanzania


Leon Osman is looking forward to sampling the culture out in Tanzania ahead of Everton’s pre-season friendly this week.

The former Blues midfielder is back out in East Africa already, and will undertake a series of activities to delve further into the traditions and customs of Tanzania.

After flying out, Osman spoke to the assembled media to share his excitement at the opportunity to learn plenty about the Club’s hosts this week.

“I am very excited to be back in Tanzania,” he told evertontv. “The week that has been planned out for me is fantastic. We have a safari and I will also be out discovering Dar es Salaam. So I will certainly be filling my time. 

“I didn’t really get the chance to explore the culture of Tanzania last time. It was a fleeting visit but this time I will have plenty of time to explore Tanzania and see what it has on the tourism side of things.”

The main event, of course, is the Toffees’ match with Gor Mahia at the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium on Thursday.

The 15-time Kenyan champions lifted the SportPesa Super Cup to earn the right to face Everton and Osman is looking forward to the nation welcoming the team when they arrive on Wednesday.

“The highlight of the week is the game and a chance to really showcase Everton Football Club,” he added. “The signings that Ronald Koeman has made have been really pleasing for fans and we have brought them in early so they can experience a full pre-season at the Club. This game is the first step on that journey. 

“The welcome we have had once again has been staggering. They are friendly people, with plenty of smiles on their faces. They can’t do enough for us, which we are very grateful for. 

“I have certainly enjoyed my time when I have been out here, and I am sure everyone else will too once they are out here.”

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