FKF thanks Wanyama as he retires from national duty
NAIROBI 28th SEPTEMBER,2021: Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has passionately thanked former Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama, who announced his retirement from international football yesterday, for ‘his immense contribution, dedication and service to the national football team, Harambee Stars’.
In a statement signed by FKF CEO Barry Otieno, FKF will forever occupy a special place in the history of Kenyan football and the national team.
“His retirement from international football is the finish line of perhaps the most influential national team career of recent times. Most importantly, he will forever remain one of Kenya’s greatest international players, who offered so much to Kenya over the last 15 years, including captaining the team during the 2019 AFCON tournament,” Read the statement.
“He is a rare gem, a special talent that this administration is most privileged and honored to have worked so closely with. Whereas, Victor remained integral to the federation’s plans for the national team, Harambee Stars, FKF fully respects his decision to exit international football and wishes him all the best in his club career.”
“The federation remains cognizant of Victor’s contribution to Kenyan football and believes the country will continue to benefit from his leadership and experience in the future. The door will always be open for Victor to contribute to the development of the game and the national team. Asante Sana Capi,” FKF said in conclusion.
The former Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Wanyama announced on Monday he was retiring from international football bringing down the curtains on a 14-year long career with the national team.In a statement released on his Twitter handle, Wanyama said that his experience with the national team had gone beyond his expectatios and that it was a great honour to represent the County adding that the time has come for him to pass the mantle to the young ones.
“From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt — these past 14 years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible,” Wanyama said
“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,” he added.
Wanyama joined Canadian Major League Soccer club Montreal in March last year in a free transfer from Tottenham and previously had stints with Celtic and Southampton. He is the firest Kenyan to ever play in the English Premier Leageu.