English Premier League side Everton FC has expressed its satisfaction with its trip to Tanzania, where the team played Kenyan giants Gor Mahia last week.
The Toffees played the Kenyan side on Thursday 13 at the Tanzania national stadium in Dar es Salaam, winning by 2-1 courtesy of goals from returnee Wayne Rooney and Kieran Dowell.
Gor Mahia’s solitary goal came through a well taken header from striker Jacques Tuyisenge.
“Tanzanians love football. And they took Everton to their hearts during their short stay. The buzz and excitement from the locals everywhere the team went was fantastic to see, with everybody wanting photos and autographs from the squad,” the club said in its official website.
The Tanzania trip gave Wayne Rooney his second debut since making a return to his boyhood club after 13 years with Manchester United, and he marked it with an unforgettable volley to open the scoring.
Tanzanian’s had been very excited by the prospects of watching the 31-year-old live, and couldn’t hide their joy whenever he touched the ball.
Everton laude the reception Rooney got from the East Africans, terming it palpable.
“When Leon Osman was undertaking a bike tour around Dar es Salaam, everyone he met asked him about Rooney and whether he was coming, so when he could finally answer, the excitement was palpable,” it said.
Will the team be back to Africa soon? Well, no one knows that just yet, but the players will sure be looking forward to that.
“The locals were asking when we would be coming back when it came time to leave. One thing is for sure, we’ll be welcomed back with open arms when we do return,” the club added.