Outgoing British High Commissioner Nic Hailey was among the spectators watching Premier League side Everton take on Kenyan outfit Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Tweeting before the game, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohamed said: “This historic friendly match between Everton FC and Kariobangi Sharks FC is proof of the energy and talent we have in Kenya. We will nature this new generation of champions into a formidable force. I believe that through partnership, we will achieve this.”
After kick-off, the Blues were forced into an early change as Lookman was replaced by Broadhead on 15 minutes.
The Kenyan side took the lead on 27 minutes with Duke Abuya side beating the Everton goalkeeper with a neat finish.
Kariobangi Sharks maintained their lead until half time when the Premier League side made 8 changes with Stekelenburg, Baines, Connolly, Davies, Gomes, Schneiderlin, Walcott and Niasse being replaced by Lössl, Astley, Robinson, Adeniran, Baningime, Williams, Bowler and Hornby.
The Merseyside team got themselves back in the game thanks to a clever, low free-kick by Joe Williams with the teams remaining level until full time.
With the teams level it was down to a penalty shoot-out to determine the victors with goalscorers Williams and Abuya both missing the target in the first round round.
Both sides scored their next three goals before Adeniran saw his effort saved by Bwire, who then converted his won penalty to hand victory to the Sharks.
Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed used her Twitter account to congratulate the victorious Kenyan team describing them as “true champions”, adding “I am so proud of you!”
The UK’s Tottenham Supporting High Commissioner also used his Twitter account to congratulate the Kenyan side on their win.