Trio Meet Players From Albino United

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A little over an hour after touching down in Tanzania, Muhamed Besic, Michael Keane and Tom Davies were out in Dar es Salaam to meet members of Albino United Football Club.

The Blues trio called in at the Uhuru Stadium to take part in a training session and hand out gifts, with every player being given a brand new 2017/18 Everton away shirt.

The Everton contingent spoke with coach Alex Kashasha to find out the background of the team.

Albino United was set up to show the world that those with condition can enjoy playing football, just like everyone else.

Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder which is characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.

In Tanzania, there are cases where albinos are sometimes attacked or murdered, some as young as six months old. Their body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and superstition leads some to believe they are ghosts who bring bad luck.

New Blue Keane was happy to make the short journey from the team hotel to take part in his first community appearance as an Everton player.

“It’s my first time over here in Africa and we have all received a very nice welcome,” said the former Burnley defender.

“From spending time with them today, I have learnt that the players go through some tough times. It’s not easy for them over here. It’s good that they can enjoy football and look forward to playing together. You can see their coach is really good with them.

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“I told them all to keep enjoying their football - that’s advice you say to any football player, especially those who are younger.

“It’s good to get involved in initiatives whilst we are here. The main reason for the trip is fitness and the match on Thursday will be my first for Everton, so I want to go out there and impress.”

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