September 25, 2020

Kenyans recognised globally for historic showdown

Kenya’s Gor Mahia on Thursday (13/07/17) lost 2-1 to English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

England captain and former Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who was making his second debut for Everton netted a stunning screamer in the 34th minute.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge cancelled Rooney’s effort with a bullet header three minutes later before Kieran Dowell gave the Toffees a deserved win with a thunderbolt inside the last ten minutes of the tantalising game.

The showdown, organised by popular gaming firm SportPesa which sponsors both clubs, eventually lived up to the weeks of hype with its proceedings trending on several social media platforms.

Former Tanzanian presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Ali Hassan Mwinyi were among the dignitaries who witnessed history.

SportPesa had before the game announced that Gor Mahia players, technical bench, administrators and even the kit man were tussling over who would get to keep Rooney’s jersey after the historic match.

“Reports from the dressing room indicated everyone from the club chairman Ambrose Rachier, to the kit-man are scrambling to own the former England captain and EPL giants Manchester United FC record scorer’s clothing,” SportPesa’s official website reported.

The United legend rejoined Everton last week for an undisclosed fee, 13 years after leaving the Merseyside club.

Rooney, 31, played 559 times for United, scoring 253 goals.

He won five Premier League titles and each of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once after joining from Everton for £27m in 2004.

In his 13 seasons with United, he finished as top scorer five times and shared the honour with Cristiano Ronaldo in another campaign. He was also named fans’ player of the year twice.

“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne,” said Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho added that Rooney had been a model professional throughout his time at the club and would remain in the history books for many years to come.

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