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Everton and Southampton team up to collect record 75,000 strips for 'Kits for Africa' scheme, as Steven Pienaar helps deliver tops in TanzaniaEverton and Southampton have helped the 'Kits for Africa' project this seasonAlong with Championship side Hull, they have donated a record number of tops Toffees international ambassador Steven Pienaar delivered strips in Tanzania  

Everton and Southampton are used to going head-to-head in the top flight but the two clubs have found themselves on the same team after working together in the name of charity.

The two Premier League sides have joined forces to provide a record 75,000 strips as part of the ‘Kits For Africa’ initiative.

Along with Championship side Hull, the three English sides asked fans to donate spare tops and shorts in order to help support underprivileged grassroots football.

Steven Pienaar visited Tanzania to help give out tops collected for the 'Kits for Africa' scheme

Everton's international ambassador arrived at Bom Bom FC to deliver some of the kit to players

The initiative, started by SportPesa, was launched three years ago and saw the Toffees dedicate their Premier League match against Burnley earlier this month for the cause, as fans brought along their spare tops to pass on.

Former Everton midfielder and the club’s international ambassador Steven Pienaar travelled out to Tanzania to help deliver the kit, visiting Bom Bom FC as they were presented with some of the donations.

‘It’s an honour to stand here. It’s really touching,’ said the former South Africa midfielder.

The former South Africa international even took part in a kick around during his quick visit

‘This is an opportunity to help them with equipment to develop them for the future. So thanks [to the fans] we really appreciate it here in Africa.’

Speaking about their role in the collections, David Thomas, Southampton’s commercial director added: ‘We have been proud to work with SportPesa on such a meaningful campaign and to see the incredible response of our fans to it.

‘As a result of their generosity, our supporters have helped to make a real difference to many communities in Africa.’

To find out more about the Kits For Africa project, visit: www.kitsforafrica.com

Boys sift through some of the tops - a record 75,000 were collected in total for the initiative 

 

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