Head Coach Nigel Adkins will take a squad of players to Nairobi to face either Gor Mahia, the 2017 Kenyan league Champions, or cup winners AFC Leopards in a one-off game at the Kasarani Stadium.
The end-of-season match, which will be played on Sunday 13th May, will form the centrepiece of a five-day tour during which the Tigers will also host a coaching clinic for locals and visit a number of community-based projects set up by SHOFCO (Shining Hope For Communities) which look to combat urban poverty and gender inequity.
On the pitch, the visit is aligned with SportPesa’s mission to develop grassroots football on the African continent with the match against Kenyan opponents aimed at exposing local players to international competition and increasing their exposure on the world football scene.
At the announcement of the trip, Tigers Commercial Manager Joe Clutterbrook said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the club and one we are all very much excited about. Whilst the match against either Gor Mahia or AFC Leopards is obviously the centrepiece of the tour, we are also very keen to engage with the local community in Nairobi, as well as experience the culture on offer.
“The appetite for football in Kenya is immense and it’s a real privilege for us to be working with SportPesa to help develop the game there and also hopefully create some new Hull City fans in the process!”
SportPesa CEO, Captain Ronald Karauri, added: “We are honoured to host Hull City for the first time in Africa. This match portends a lot both for our local football growth and exposure as well as showcasing the country as a tourist destination since it will be the first time in Kenya for most of the players and staff in the Hull City delegation.”
This won’t be the first time that the Tigers have faced Kenyan opposition having hosted the SportPesa All-Stars at the KCOM Stadium in February 2017, the home side running out 2-1 winners. The Club has also been involved in a number of initiatives to aid SportPesa’s football development goals, including the Kits For Africa campaign earlier this season.
Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will play-off on Sunday 29th April for the right to face English opposition.