Everton’s pre-season trip to Ghana has been cancelled because of scheduling problems.
The Toffees were due to play an exhibition game against Asante Kotoko on July 12 but Ghana’s Football Association have organised a domestic cup competition which clashes with the planned visit.
“This is extremely disappointing news. The club had invested a lot of time and effort into making this game a reality and were looking forward to making the trip out to Kumasi,” said chief executive Robert Elstone.
“It became clear in the past 24 hours that the opposition would be unable to meet its obligation to play on July 12 and despite looking at other dates and teams in the end it just could not work elsewhere in the schedule.
“We obviously have a responsibility to David Moyes and his players and we are all focused on ensuring they get the best possible preparation ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.”
Elstone said the club was not in a position to compensate supporters who had already made plans to attend the game.
“We are aware that a small number of our fans may have booked independent travel to Africa,” he added.
“As a club we are obviously not in a position to make compensation payments but we will be discussing the situation internally and with the match organisers.”
Everton will now seek to schedule another match in the UK for around the same date as they are due to play Rochdale on July 18.
After that they travel to America for matches against River Plate and the MLS All Stars, returning for away games at Coventry and Blackpool before hosting their final pre-season friendly against Malaga at Goodison Park on Friday August 2.