Premier League: Wayne Rooney marks Everton return with a screamer against Kenya's Gor Mahia in pre-season

Dar es Salaam: Wayne Rooney marked his first game back in an Everton jersey with a goal in a friendly against Kenya's Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.

England's record goalscorer was making his first appearance since he rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United last week on a free transfer after 13 years at Old Trafford.

Everton's Wayne Rooney in action. Twitter/@WayneRooney

Everton's Wayne Rooney in action. Twitter/@WayneRooney

Rooney delighted the crowd by scoring a superb goal from long range to help the Toffees win 2-1 in what was the first match for a Premier League side in East Africa.

Youngster Kieran Dowell scored their winner.

Everton are touring the region as part of their preparations for the upcoming Premier League season after signing a deal with Kenyan betting firm SportPesa to become the club's new shirt sponsor.

The Toffees received a warm welcome after arriving in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday with large numbers of Tanzanian football fans eager to greet Rooney and his new team-mates.

In May, Everton announced they had penned a five-year sponsorship deal with SportPesa to succeed Thai brewing company Chang.

The Kenyan company were Hull City's shirt sponsors last season, but the Tigers were relegated from the top flight at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. SportPesa also has partnerships with Arsenal and Southampton.


Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 08:50 am | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 08:50 am