Kenya proud of its ‘Saint’ Wanyama

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KENYANS yes­ter­day praised national football team cap­tain Vic­tor Wanyama for his move from Scot­tish cham­pi­ons Celtic to Southamp­ton in the English Pre­mier League.

The 22- year- old mid­fielder this week agreed to a four-year deal with Saints worth a record £12.5 mil­lion to be­come the first Kenyan to fea­ture in English football’s top flight.

The Kenyan football fed­er­a­tion was first to con­grat­u­late Wanyama, who took over the cap­taincy from Dennis Oliech in June. He had con­tin­ued to be “Kenya’s football ambassador due to his ex­ploits on the pitch”.

“It is through his sports­man­ship and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties that led to the fed­er­a­tion ap­point­ing him as the Haram­bee Stars cap­tain,” said FKF chair­man Sam Nyamweya.

“He’s al­ways hon­oured his call-up to the national team and ev­ery Kenyan should be proud of his move.”

Wanyama’s fa­ther, Noah, him­self a for­mer in­ter­na­tional winger, said he was proud his son had set a prece­dent for other as­pir­ing Kenyan foot­ballers.

“Vic­tor (his brother, Parma mid­fielder McDon­ald) Mariga (Wanyama) and Oliech (of French Ligue 1 side Ajac­cio) have opened the way for other Kenyan youth to re­alise it was pos­si­ble to play in top-flight football, “he said.

Wanyama, a for­mer youth player, o also at­tracted in­ter­est from English gi­ants in­clud­ing Manch­ester United, Arse­nal and newly pro­moted Cardiff FC. – Sapa-AFP

TEACHER: Bafana coach Gor­don Ige­sund has huge ex­pe­ri­ence.

BENCH­MARK: Vic­tor Wanyama, the first Kenyan in the Pre­mier League.

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