The first game that celebrated striker Wayne Rooney played for Everton immediately after re-joining his childhood Merseyside Club on July 9, 2017 from Manchester United, was against Kenya’s Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. The record-making friendly staged on July 13, 2017 also marked the first time for the Toffees to visit East Africa, a short but highly rewarding tour for both the visitors and the hosts.
Even though the match was staged on a weekday, the stadium was packed with fans jostling for a glimpse of their favourite local and international players as Gor Mahia came out fighting at home, giving Everton a run for their money with the game ending 2-1 in favour of the visiting team. Outside the stadium, it was clear Everton’s maiden trip to East Africa had earned them great admiration and a spectacle as thousands of fans lined up roads leading to the stadium to cheer the first English Premier League team to set foot in Tanzania.
Sport brings the world together. From Africa to Europe, from Asia to South America, and from grassroots to the highest levels, the love of football crosses all borders, cultures, races and ages.
Not for nothing is it known as ʻThe Beautiful Game'.
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