Hull City manager Nigel Adkins says the team’s impending trip to Nairobi is a ‘fantastic opportunity to visit Kenya and play football.’
The English Championship side are expected in the country on Friday night for a series of activities including a highly billed friendly match against Kenyan giants Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.
During the team’s four-day trip organised by sponsors SportPesa, Hull City players and staff are primed to visit and witness several community projects in Kibera.
Fifty three year old Adkins, who previously managed Southampton and Reading, has picked up a relatively strong squad consisting 15 first team players and three from the development squad.
Those selected include former Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell, plus Spain’s attacking midfielder Jon Toral, who received his football education at the Barcelona and Arsenal academies.
Veteran keeper David Marshall is also part of the travelling party.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to put Kenyan football on the map, and also improve Hull City’s brand around the world,” Hull City Partnerships representative Andy Stead, who is in Nairobi as part of the English team’s advance party, explained at a press briefing in Nairobi on Friday.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said “Welcome to Kenya. Please visit our national parks on Saturday but on Sunday be prepared for a grueling battle against the Kenyan champions.”
Hull City squad: David Marshall, Callum Burton, Dan Batty, Jarrod Bowen, Frazier Campbell, Billy Chadwick, Max Clark, Adam Curry, Nouha Dicko, Evandro, Brandon Fleming, Tyler Hamilton, Will Keane, Stephen Kingsley, Robbie McKenzie, Tom Powell, Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral