Nic Hailey watches Kariobangi Sharks beat Everton in Nairobi

Everton v Kariobangi Sharks
Outgoing UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey joined Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohamed to watch Everton play Kariobangi Sharks. Photo: Twitter/HCNIcHailey

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.”

Everton in Kenya
Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sport Amina Mohamed is joined by British High Commissioner Nic Hailey for the match between Everton and Kariobangi Sharks. Photo: Twitter/AMB_A_Mohammed

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.

Duke Abuya the first Kenyan to score in the SportPesa Trophy match. Video: Twitter/SportPesa

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.

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