WAYNE ROONEY was the
centre of attention in Tanzania
on Thursday with England’s
record goalscorer set to make
his first appearance back in an
Everton shirt against Kenya’s
Gor Mahia.
Rooney rejoined his boyhood
club from Manchester United
last week on a free transfer
after 13 years at Old Trafford.
Everton are touring east Africa
as part of their preparations for
the upcoming Premier League
season after signing a deal with
Kenyan betting firm SportPesa
to become the club’s new shirt
sponsor.
The Toffees received a warm
welcome after arriving in Dar
es Salaam on Wednesday with
large numbers of Tanzanian
football fans eager to greet
Rooney and his new teammates.
Manager Ronald Koeman has
confirmed all players making
the trip will play at least 45
minutes in the game against
the reigning Kenyan
champions, which kicks
off at 17:00 local time
(14:00 GMT).
In May, Everton
announced they had
penned a five-year
sponsorship deal
with SportPesa
to succeed Thai
brewing company
Chang.
“We’re pleased
t o have secured the biggest commercial
partnership deal in the club’s
history with an ambitious
and growing, global
company,” Everton chief
executive Robert Elstone said
at the time.
“From the outset we have
been impressed by SportPesa
and the company’s plans for
the future. Over the coming
months and years we will be
working closely to realise our
ambitions together.”
“We are thrilled to have
secured an alignment with
Everton, a club weaved
prominently throughout the
tapestry of world football,”
added Ivo Bozukov, director
of global strategy for
SportPesa.

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