English Premier League team, Everton Football Club have arrived in Tanzania ahead of the highly anticipated friendly game against Gor Mahia FC from Kenya.
The Blues jetted into Tanzania on Wednesday morning (10am) with several star players including new signing Wayne Rooney.
The game is slated for Thursday (tomorrow) at the newly refurbished national stadium in Dar es salaam.
The team was received by a large crowd with a group of dancers from the famous Maasai tribe.
Assistant captain indicates the reception was good and they are looking forward to having a great time in Tanzania.
“We received a very warm welcome,” he said. “It is very interesting for us as the Maasai welcome is not something we see at home. We’ve just come straight off the plane and we are all excited to be here,” Baines noted as quoted by the club website.
“We will train tonight and we are looking forward to the game tomorrow. But it’s mostly about fitness at this point as we’ve only been back just over a week. It will be a good exercise for us and hopefully the local fans will turn out and enjoy it,” he added.
Gor Mahia arrived in Tanzania on Tuesday and had a light training session at the national stadium.
Everton Squad: Maarten Stekelenburg, Mateusz Hewelt ,Chris Renshaw, Tom Davies , Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams , Callum Connolly , Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane , Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin , James McCarthy,Davy Klaassen, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gana, Gueye, Joe Williams , Kieran Dowell , Kevin Mirallas , Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon , Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Matthew Pennington and Yannick Bolasie .