By Joseph Mchekadona
Everton have arrived in Tanzania safely with their newly signing Wayne Rooney ahead of their pre-season friendly with Gor Mahia tomorrow at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The Blues travelled directly from Liverpool John Moore’s airport and touched down around 10am local time.
The players arrived at the hotel to be welcomed by a Maasai tribe, with plenty of locals there to greet the Blues as well. Leighton Baines says the players are excited to experience what Tanzania has to offer over the next few days.
"We received a very warm welcome,” he said. “It is very interesting for us as the Maasai welcome is not something we see at home. We’ve just come straight off the plane and we are all excited to be here.
"We will train tonight and we are looking forward to the game tomorrow. But it’s mostly about fitness at this point as we’ve only been back just over a week. It will be a good exercise for us and hopefully the local fans will turn out and enjoy it," Everton players quoted.
The squad will be taking part in several cultural experiences ahead of training at the National Stadium in the afternoon.
Keep an eye on evertonfc.com and our Twitter and Facebook channels to see what the team gets up to during their stay here in Tanzania.
Everton face Kenyan champions Gor Mahia on Thursday evening (5pm local time, 3pm UK) - click here to sign up for live video coverage.
Squad: Maarten Stekelenburg, Mateusz Hewelt, Chris Renshaw, Tom Davies, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Davy Klaassen, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Joe Williams, Kieran Dowell, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Matthew Pennington, Yannick Bolasie.