Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has announced his retirement from international football, the 30-year-old said on his official social media pages.
Wanyama’s announcement comes weeks after he missed out on recent national team duties.
“Growing up it was always my dream to get the chance to represent my country. With a great deal of pride, I can say that I have been fortunate to live my dream!” he wrote
“From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt-these past 14-years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible.”
“We have shared great memories 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,” said Wanyama.
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 of the National Team and their biggest supporter . pic.twitter.com/7jaQ1qA9Lw
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) September 27, 2021
“The time has come to hand over the team to the next generation so that they too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights.”
“I hope to return one day and help the federation off the field but until then, I will still be Harambee Stars’ biggest supporter and I will be cheering you guy’s on from the sidelines,” said the former Tottenham player.
The last time Wanyama featured for Kenya was in the Afcon qualifiers played in November last year against Comoros which Harambee Stars lost 2-1.
Wanyama 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 on 11 July 2013 for £11.5m.
He became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the first goal in Celtic’s 2–1 win over Barcelona on November 7, 2012.
He then joined Spurs from Southampton in the summer of 2016 but his career had been marred by bursts of nagging injuries, which have also kept him out of action in crucial parts of the season.
On March 3, 2020, Tottenham Hotspur announced the departure of Wanyama to Montreal Impact where he became the third Kenyan footballer to play in the MLS after Lawrence Olum and Handwalla Bwana and the ‘Lion of Muthurwa’ can’t wait to win the club fans from across Africa.
Police Called In As Hired Goons Threaten Journalist Nyakundi Over Push For FKF Audit
The Kenya Police have averted a possible attack on journalist Milton Nyakundi, who has been at the forefront of calling for an audit of financial probity at the troubled Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
The suspected goons tried to gain entry to a Press Conference convened by the journalist on Sunday, to push for a multi-agency inspection of FKF’s finances.
The hirelings arrived at the Ngong Hills Hotel along Ngong Road, Nairobi, causing a commotion as they sought to engage Nyakundi.
The Police, however, arrived in time to secure the journalist’s safety together with the hotel security.
“I am ok, thanks to the Police and the Hotel security team,” Nyakundi told Standard Sports on phone.
“I would like to commend the Police and hotel security for their quick response. That somebody sent the goons or even that they did it on their own tells you of something fishy in our game,” he said.
“I am not shaken at all to offer my voice for the good of the game. If nobody will speak on the rot in our game, which should be gainfully employing the youth, including these goons then I will,” Nyakundi said.
The journalist was the third respondent in a case that FKF had filed a case at the High Court of Kenya seeking to stop the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Banking Fraud unit from investigating it.
The High Court, however, ruled on Thursday that the DCI had the constitutional right to investigate the troubled football body.
Following the ruling, the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed also directed the Sports Registrar to inspect the FKF books in accordance with Section 52(1) of the Sports Act (2013).
Nyakundi agrees with the directive but insists it should be a multi-agency exercise claiming that he had unearthed financial transactions that would interest KRA, the DCI, EACC and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority as well as the Auditor-General.
“Without these agencies and the civil society, the intricate nature of the transactions could remain buried for good. Kenyans must demand for multi-agency approach,” Nyakundi said.
Kenya Grabs Three Medals At Maiden Africa Championship
Kenya made her entry at the continental Duathlon stage in style after winning three medals in her maiden appearance at the 2021 Africa Duathlon Championship staged over the weekend in Namibia.
Though the sport is still relatively new in the country, 27-year-old Yvonne Ojijo led compatriot Christine Shambi to a one-two finish in the women’s 25-29 Female age group- Sprint.
The weekend event was not only historic to Kenya, but also Namibia who staged her first championship.
Ojijo’s victory came just a few minutes after Mungai Kairuki’s had grabbed third place in the junior men’s race.
Ojijo who was born just a year after Shambi (1993) clocked 01:28:46 while the latter timed 01:29:26 in a photo finish event held at the heart of Namibia’s Capital.
Mungai clocked 01:12:39, just .03 seconds behind Namibian Nicholas Du Plessis who clocked 1:09. 35 for second place.
Homeboy Johannes Van Der Wesrguizen took the first position after timing 01:02:56.
James Mwaura was the best placed Kenyan in the men’s elite race after settling for fourth. Namibian Joan-Paul Burger clocked 01:51:57 for first place, ahead of South African duo of Dylan Kruger (01:56:26) and Jonathan Benjamin who clocked 01:56:41.
Gabriel Ambeba, Eddy Odhiambo and Gideon Rutto were fifth, sixth and seven positions in that order.
Kenya however, had a relatively disappointing outing in the junior women’s race where participants cover 5km first run, bike 19.98 km and another 2.5 km second run. Vivian Hiller was the top-ranked Kenyan in position five while Terry Kariuki finished ninth.
That event that was also being held in Namibia for the first time, attracted over 50 participants mostly from Kenya, Namibia and South Africa that had the highest entries.
The NTF is hoping to see at least 150 entries, while athletes from across Africa are expected to attend and compete for the title of African duathlon champion of 2021.
Kenya was making her duathlon debut at the continental stage.
For Kenyan athletes, attention will now shift to the African Cup National Championship (sprint) to be held in Mombasa on November 6.