Kariobangi Sharks stun Everton F.C.
Sharks stun Everton to makes history by becoming the first Kenyan team to host and to beat an English Premier League team.
It may have been just a friendly game, but the victory of Sharks over 9 time English champions Everton means the world to the young Kenyan team. It was a gift to remember for Kenyans and a fitting tribute to Kadenge (a Kenyan football legend who passed away earlier today).
The mouthwatering match had everything from poise to momentum and meticulous passes. Sharks were impressive throughout the match and drew first blood through Duke Abuya in the 25th minute. Joe Williams restored parity for Everton F.C. through a very cleverly taken free-kick early in the second half.
They proceeded to penalties after the end of regular time which failed to separate the two teams. Sharks goalkeeper was the hero after saving two penalties and scoring the final and decisive one sending the fully packed Kasarani Stadium into a frenzy.
The Toffees were quick to congratulate the team for the historic fete, even joking that the country should have sent the history-making team to the ongoing African Cup of Nations competition.
The star-studded Everton side included the likes of Theo Walcott, Andre Gomes, Morgan Schneiderlin, Mason Holgate and Leighton Baines.
“Thank you for such amazing support, Nairobi – and of course to the Toffees who travelled far and wide,” Everton FC tweeted after the match.
Fully Packed Stadium
The Kasarani Stadium was packed to capacity with 64,829 people in attendance. Everton becomes the first ever English Premier League team to play on Kenyan soil. Fans came out in their thousands to witness Sharks stun Everton, a rare phenomenon.
Sharks won the race to face the English side after winning the SportPesa Super Cup, beating Bandari FC 1-0 in Tanzania. This is the third time Everton has faced a Kenyan team, having played twice against Gor Mahia; one in Tanzania before the second match in Liverpool.
During their stay in Kenya the players got to experience some of the local arts and culture. they had a fantastic time dancing to Kenyan rhythm and tunes.
Some Everton players also got an opportunity to experience the infamous matatus, a popular mode of public transport.