Former captain of Kenya’s national team, Victor Wanyama has retired from international football.
Wanyama, the former midfielder with English Premier League side Tottenham, announced his retirement this afternoon.
"It has been an honor to represent my country and I think the time has come for me to pass the mantle to the young ones, I’ll always be a member of the National Team and their biggest supporter,” said the 30-year old midfielder on his twitter handle.
Wanyama last featured for Harambee Stars in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers last November against Comoros. The former Kenya head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee who eventually stepped down two weeks ago did not consider Wanyama for the two FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers this year against Uganda and Rwanda.
Wanyama who is a defensive midfielder for Major League Soccer club CF Montréal today decided it was high time he left the International stage for the younger generation.
“Growing up it was always my dream to get the chance to represent my country with great of pride, I can say that I have been fortunate to live my dream,” said Wanyama in his message.
He made it clear that from making his debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, the past 14 years have gone beyond whatever he thought possible. “We have shared great moments together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader. But all good things must come to an end eventually, and after long consideration, I have made the really difficult decision to retire from International football,” added Wanyama.
Wanyama who earned 60 caps for Kenya started his professional career with Belgian side Germinal Beerschot AC in 2009 before moving on to Scotland giants Celtic for two years before joining Southampton in England. He later joined Tottenham and now features for CF Montréal.
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