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Inter Milan select to play Kenya


MARCO-MATERRAZZINAIROBI, Kenya, April 15- A team of Inter Milan legends starring Italy 2006 World Cup winning star defender, Marco Materazzi and Kenya midfielder, MacDonald Mariga, will take on national team Harambee Stars in a planned friendly on May 25.

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Archimede Pitrolo, the Italian federation FIGC vice-president, said the Nerazzuri side to feature against Stars will also contain members of the 2010 treble winners who will not make the country’s squad for Brazil 2014 World Cup with retired Honduran striker, David Suazo, who scored 100 goals in 300 appearances in Serie A among those who could play in the fixture.

“I confirm that we have made arrangements for Inter Milan legends and those players who will not make it to the Italian national team for the World Cup, will be in Kenya to play in the friendly match that will see Mariga play for us (Inter).

“I think this will be a good exposure for the Kenyan players who will learn a lot from the legends,” the football boss stated.

Under current English Premier League titans Chelsea FC coach, Jose Mourinho, Inter won the Scudetto, Copa Italia and UEFA Champions League with Materazzi and Mariga who returned to the national team after a two year absence in the aborted friendly against Sudan in late February part of the squad.

The heavily tattooed Materazzi earned international infamy at the final of the 2006 World Cup when his insult directed at France legend, Zinedine Zidane, earned the icon a red card after he head butted the defender as the Azzurri went on to lift the title on penalties.

Inter are currently chasing to seal qualification to next season’s Europa League and are sitting fifth in Serie A on 53 points, 14 points behind Napoli who are holding the last Champions League place in third.

The Italian giants have already signed Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic and are eyeing his team mate, Patrice Evra and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for next season.