A warm Kenyan welcome has greeted English Championship team Hull City and their manager Nigel Adkins as they arrive in East Africa for their 6-day visit.
This end-of-season trip is part of City’s sponsorship deal with Kenyan betting firm SportPesa.
In February last year, the Tigers hosted the SportPesa All Stars in a one-off friendly at the KCOM Stadium. Club officials had originally explored the prospect of staging a pre-season trip in Kenya, but unfortunately that failed to materialise.
An advance delegation, led by first-team coach Tony Pennock are already in Nairobi after making the trip on Tuesday morning.
SportPesa CEO, Captain Ronald Karauri, said at the trip’s launch last month: “We are honoured to host Hull City for the first time in Africa. This match portends a lot both for our local football growth and exposure as well as showcasing the country as a tourist destination since it will be the first time in Kenya for most of the players and staff in the Hull City delegation.”
.@OfficialGMFC Chairman Ambrose Rachier, rallying people to come to the stadium🏟 to support their own as they take on English Side, @HullCity on Sunday at Kasarani Stadium from 3:00PM. #HullCityInKenya pic.twitter.com/Ff7OI6rQ3E
— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 11, 2018
On their journey to Kenya City first flew to Amsterdam before an eight-hour connecting flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, where Ministry of Sports and SportPesa officials were on hand to greet the visitors upon their arrival tonight.
The highlight of the Tigers’ six-day trip is their exhibition game against Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia at 3pm (1pm BST) on Sunday.
Last week, Gor Mahia, who are managed by Englishman Dylan Kerr, beat Kenyan Cup winners AFC Leopards on penalties to set up this fixture at the 60,000-capacity Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. Ticket prices for Sunday’s fixture range from Ksh1,000 (£7.30) to Ksh100 (73p).
— WaCity (@Wacity) May 11, 2018
Gor Mahia last played British opposition in July when they faced Premier League side Everton in a friendly, losing 2-1 thanks to a spectacular Wayne Rooney strike.
There is also an important social aspect to the visit with players and staff set to witness the work of several community projects in areas such as the underdeveloped Kibera and deliver coaching sessions to local children as well as enjoying a safari experience.