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Excitement is at feverpitch levels in Dar Es Salaam, with the anticipation of some of the world’s top players accompanying English Premier League side Everton for a pre-season tour of Tanzania and a clash with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia during tomorrow’s SportPesa Super Cup at the National stadium here.
Most of the talk is on former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney who completed his move to his first club on Sunday, 13 years after leaving them for United.
The team with all their star players are expected to touch down at Julius Nyerere International Airport at 8am today and already football enthusiasts are planning to give them a grand entry.
Tour organisers yesterday confirmed that the 31-year-old forward who made 77 appearances for Everton and scored 17 goals between 2002 and 2004 was part of the team, along side all their new signings including Michael Keane from Burnley, Davy Klaassen from Ajax, Henry Onyenkuru from KAS Eupen, Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Sandro Ramires from Malaga.
Meanwhile, 15-times Kenyan champions Gor Mahia were full of confidence as they arrived in Dar yesterday afternoon and vowed to stun their opponents in what is tipped to be a ‘David vs Goliath’ clash.
Gor’s assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who will be in charge of the team during tomorrow’s match, said they were ready for the English side and urged fans to expect an upset.
“Gor has not come into this match with the sole aim of defeating Everton, but we are coming into this one of a kind match to pick a thing or two which will help us in our future matches.
We know Everton is a strong team and playing against them is a rare chance so I expect my squad to play according to my script and we can surely stun them,” said Otieno after the team arrived.
He added: “We have brought our strongest team to Dar es Salaam, so that they can get experience from this once in a lifetime clash even if some do not get a chance to play, they will be happy that their team played against a well-established team.”