Marco Silva will take his Everton squad to Africa next summer to play a showpiece friendly against the next winners of the SportPesa Cup.

The Blues became the first Premier League club in 2017 to play a friendly match in East Africa, beating Kenyan SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC 2-1 in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 in Tanzania.

The Club plans to return once again to the continent to contest the SportPesa Trophy against the winners of the 2019 SportPesa Cup.

While in Tanzania in 2017 the Blues, alongside SportPesa, won hearts and minds in the region when they participated in a range of promotional and charitable activities across Dar es Salaam.

The Club further strengthened its links with African football when welcoming Gor Mahia last month to Goodison Park to contest the 2018 SportPesa Trophy, winning 4-0.

The match was also used as an avenue to raise funds for EiTC with proceeds from ticket sales going towards key EiTC initiatives.

The date and venue for next year’s SportPesa Trophy tie has yet to be confirmed and fans are advised not to book travel or accommodation until full details are announced.

Changing lives

The Blues will face the winners of the eight-team SportPesa Cup, featuring four teams from Kenya (SPL champions Gor Mahia, second-placed Bandari FC, SportPesa Shield winners Kariobangi Sharks and AFC Leopards) and four teams from Tanzania (the 2017/18 Tanzania Premier League winners Simba SC, Yanga SC, Singida United and Mbao FC).

Global gaming giant SportPesa is the Main Partner of Everton Football Club. The company has grown dramatically since its inception in 2014 and quickly established itself as a significant investor and operator in the online gaming industry, as well as setting up its European HQ in Liverpool and creating over 100 jobs in the city.

At its roots, SportPesa is committed to positively changing lives by accelerating development of sports and structured community initiatives.