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Victor Wanyama Retires From International Football

He announced through his statement on Monday, September 27, praising the opportunity to represent Kenya as part of his dream.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has announced his retirement from international football.

He announced through his statement seen by Viral Tea on Monday, September 27, praising the opportunity to represent Kenya as part of his dream.

“From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, these past 14 years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama scores in an international game. /TWITTER

“We have made great moments together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader. But all good things must come to an end, and after long consideration, I have made the really difficult decision to retire from international football,” read his statement in part.

Wanyama added that it was time for him to hand over the mantle to the next generation of talent to help the country to reach greater heights, as well as reach the peak of their careers.

He expressed hope of returning to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to help them off the field and promised to cheer on the Stars but from the sidelines.

Wanyama was surprisingly overlooked for the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier against Uganda that ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Serbia-based Richard Odada and Duncan Otieno being preferred as the defensive midfielders.

His retirement comes in the wake of changes on the team technical bench where Engin Firat took over the reins from Radio Jambo presenter and former Harambee Stars head coach Jacob Ghost Mulee ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Mali.

In July 2013, English Premier League side Southampton signed him for £12.5m (Ksh1.9 billion) from Scottish club Celtic as then manager Mauricio Pochettino had believed in a player that could bring a genuine physical presence and an eye for goal to their midfield.

At Celtic, he will always be remembered fondly. The Scottish champions paid Beerschot in Belgium just £900,000 (Ksh136 million) for raw talent and the fans welcomed him with open arms, not least because he wore the No 67 shirt in honour of the Lisbon Lions.

He then prominently featured for Tottenham Hotspur, where he reunited with Mauricio Pochettino who was later replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

He made 97 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and scored seven goals, including the opening goal in their 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the last ever game at the White Hart Lane Stadium before its renovation to the now-Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The Montreal Impact midfielder has earned 60 caps for Harambee Stars since making his debut in 2007 at the age of 15. He took over the captaincy from Dennis Oliech during Adel Amrouche’s reign.

Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring against Huddersfield Town on April 13, 2019. /TALKSPORT

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