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Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan will visit Kenya next month once the current European season comes to an end.
As part of their visit, the Nerrazzuri will play two friendly matches – one against Harambee Stars and another one against a Kenyan Premier League selects side.
In a phone interview from Milan, a club source on Tuesday confirmed the club’s planned visit Kenya.
“Yes, that information is true. The team will be visiting Kenya next month. However, I cannot give more information at this point in time,” the source said.
In Nairobi, Italian Liga-Pro general manager Fabrizio Lucchesi, who also doubles up as Serie A representative also confirmed the Serie A side’s impending visit during a press briefing.
Lucchesi said plans are in top gear to bring the Nerrazzuri to Nairobi once the curtain falls on the Serie A season on May 18.
“What we are doing is an expansion venture with an aim of building football partnerships with Kenya. Our long term objective is to foster relations between these two countries,” Lucchesi said.
Inter are currently placed fifth on the twenty-team log on 53 points with five matches to go.
Should the plan materialize, then Adel Amrouche’s Harambee Stars will be up against the 2010 Uefa Champions League winners in what would be a high profile match for the local lads.
Inter’s visit will also be a grand homecoming for Kenya international midfielder MacDonald Mariga.
Although he has not played for the national team since September 2010, Mariga remains Kenya’s most successful footballer of all time in the European circuits.
Mariga was part of the Inter squad that bagged a treble in 2010 including the prestigious Uefa Champions League crown under then coach Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, the Italian Under 18 national team, which jetted into the country on Monday, will play against Kenya’s Under 20 team on Wednesday evening from 6pm at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The visiting team will conclude its tour of Kenya with a match against Gor Mahia’s Under 19 side on Friday at the same venue starting 3pm.
At the same time, Kenya has entered into a two-year agreement with apparel manufacturer Joma who will now officially kit all the Kenyan national football teams.