Nairobi Blues, the latest official Everton Supports’ Club , was launched on Friday Evening with the help of players Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar who are in Kenya ahead of their pre-season opener on Sunday when they take on SportPesa Cup winners Kariobangi Sharks.
Nearly 200 Kenyan football fans filled the Kengales Bar in Nairobi for the event which rounded off a week in which Pienaar and Osman have taken part in a number of community activities as the Blues strive to leave a lasting legacy in the country.
Earlier on Friday, the pair met and led a coaching session local children in the Kariobangi area of Nairobi where a day earlier they had handed out hundreds of items of kit that had been donated by Everton fans as part of SportPesa’s Kits for Africa appeal.
During their guest appearance at the launch event, Pienaar and Osman took part in an on-stage Q&A, before signing autographs, posing for photos with their Kenyan supporters and presenting members of the newly-formed Nairobi Blues with a certificate to confirm their status as an 133rd official Everton Supporters’ Club worldwide.
Speaking during the event Leon Osman said: “When we walked into the room, there were so many fans to greet us! Everywhere we have been in Nairobi, we’ve received such a warm welcome.
“Over the years, I have had the privilege to visit a number of Everton Supporters’ Club but to actually get invited down to open a new one is pretty special. Hopefully this is the start and the Nairobi Blues can continue to grow.”
Scott McLeod, Head of Communications and Engagement, said: “It is hugely exciting to be adding the first official affiliated Everton Supporters’ Club in Kenya to our growing list of international fan groups.
“The welcome the Club has received this week in Nairobi has underlined the incredible passion and popularity of the Premier League in Kenya and we are looking forward to working closely with the Supporters’ Club to further grow and nurture the Everton fanbase in such a wonderful country.”
Earlier in the week, the Everton pair were shown the sights and sounds of the Kenyan capital city.
With their guide, the CEO of Lovechild Records, they visited the Muthurwa market and the KICC.