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Rooney and Everton teammates land in Tanzania to play Gor Mahia

Wayne Rooney and his Everton teammates landed in Tanzania on Wednesday for the highly billed international friendly match against Kenyan side Gor Mahia.

The English Premier League club touched down in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday morning.

Its entourage led by coach Ronald Koemen was filmed alighting from a SportPesa branded bus at their hotel.

Earlier, the Tofees led by iconic national team captain Rooney was pictured departing England for Tanzania.

According to the Daily Mail, international midfielder Ross Barkley missed out on this trip in a move that leaves his future at the Merseyside in serious doubt.


A galaxy of international stars namely centre back Ashley Williams, winger Neil Lennon plus new signings Micheal Keane and Davy Klaasen were part of the travelling contingent.

Gor Mahia arrived in Dar on Tuesday, with centre-back Harun Shakava expressing delight at the opportunity to face an English team for the second time in a year.

“We will try and contain our excitement, and play the best we can. This is a big game but we are not fazed by the opportunity of playing against Rooney,” the national team trialist noted.

Shakava featured for the SportPesa All Stars squad that faced and lost against a developmental Hull City side in February.

The Gor Mahia – Everton match will be played at the refurbished 60,0000 seater national stadium in Dar, starting 5pm on Thursday.