New signing Michael Keane accompanied Mo Besic and Tom Davies to Uhuru Stadium to meet the coaches and players from a unique Tanzanian football team, Albino United FC and take part in a training session as well as finding out more about how Everton’s Main Partner SportPesa work in Tanzania to support the albino community.
In recent years, albinos have been murdered in Tanzania, some as young as six months old, while others have been attacked with machetes and their limbs cut off while alive.
Albino United FC was launched to show the world that albinos are like everyone else and they wanted to spread the message by example. Football not only offers exposure for albinos but is a rare tool to undermine the limitations imposed upon them as they travel into the heart of the areas with the highest numbers of albino killings.
During the activity, the Blues trio got involved in some passing drills and a small football session, found out more about the team’s successes and the players individual backgrounds before presenting them with the new 2017/18 Everton away shirt, unveiled earlier this week.
New signing Michael Keane said: “From spending time with the Albino United team today, I have learnt that the players go through some tough times. It’s not easy for them over here. It’s good that they can enjoy football and look forward to playing together. You can see their coach is really good with them.
“I told them all to keep enjoying their football – that’s advice you say to any football player,especially those who are younger.”
Ronald Koeman’s Everton side will become the first Premier League team to play in Tanzania when they take on SportPesa Super Cup champions Gor Mahia at the 60,000 capacity Tanzania National Main Stadium in Dar-es- Salaam on Thursday 13 July, 5pm kick-off local time (3pm kick-off BST).