Long-serving ex-Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama on Monday announced his retirement from international football bringing the curtains down on a 14-year stint with the national football team.
In a statement released by the player and shared on his verified Twitter handle, Wanyama whose last prominent duty with the team was at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals held in Egypt said that it has been ‘an honor to represent my County’, adding that, ‘ I think the time has come for me to pass the mantle to the young ones.
He is quitting international football after he was dropped and striker Michael Olunga appointed the captain by former coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, who tendered his resignation after the above-mentioned qualifiers.
At club level he will go down in the annals of history as the first and only Kenyan to play for an English Premier League side, an honor he attained when he inked a deal with Southampton in the summer of 2013.
He would later go on to represent Tottenham Hotspur from 2016 to 2020, making 69 appearances and scoring five goals.
Wanyama made his debut for the Kenyan national team in May 2007, aged just 15 in a friendly against Nigeria.
When it was evident his time at Spurs was up, ‘Big Vic’, or simply ‘The Lion of Muthurwa’ as he’s known locally took the plane to North America, penning a deal with Canadian side CF Montreal.
At the national team, he leaves a blend of the experienced and young squad, led by striker Michael Olunga who inherited the armband from him, albeit with no proper transition.