Hull City

In Pictures: Tigers Make History In Kenya

13 May 2020
13th May, 2018 – a date that goes down in history books as Hull City faced Kenyan League Champions Gor Mahia in front of a sell-out crowd at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

The 60,000-seater capacity stadium was filled to its seams to witness the rare spectacle and, after an evenly-contested match that ended in a goalless draw, it was the Tigers who emerged as victors following a penalty shoot-out.

Substitute goalkeeper Callum Burton was the hero for Nigel Adkins’ side, making three saves in the shoot-out, the most crucial denying Cercidy Okeyo the chance to seal victory for Gor Mahia when the Kenyan side held a 3-2 advantage. Jon Toral, Kevin Stewart, Billy Chadwick all found the back of the net from 12 yards for the Tigers before Hull-born Robbie McKenzie slotted home the winning spot-kick.

The Kasarani Stadium had not witnessed such a huge crowd for a football match since the Kenyan national side entertained the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier, and the fans inside the venue were not left disappointed with the action they witnessed on the pitch.

As well as giving the Club the opportunity to play in front of more than 60,000 passionate Kenyan football fans, the trip took on a more humbling feel as the players and coaching staff visited a number of important local community projects.

The projects were varied and wide-ranging, but at the heart of them all was the mission to combat urban poverty and gender inequity. Those visits also gave the Club the chance to hand out the mass amounts of football kit and equipment donated by fans during the Kits For Africa campaign with 25 teams benefitting from the generosity of Hull City fans. The campaign was run in conjunction with SportPesa and was aligned with their on-the-field aim of developing grassroots football on the African continent.

And while members of the first team squad played street football with local youngsters, members of the coaching staff dropped in on local sides Vapour FC and Kangemi Patriots to deliver coaching sessions and give a flavour of what professional footballers do on a daily basis.

Elsewhere, the Club’s medical and sports science staff put on a workshop for officials from local Kenyan leagues to give them an improved understanding of the importance of strength and conditioning work, with the whole trip having a football, community and educational feel.

Take a look at some photos from the unforgettable occasion at the Kasarani Stadiumtwo years ago today in our gallery below.

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