Wanyama hints at returning to old club Celtic

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 00:00 | By
Former Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama is not ruling out a return to his former club Celtic.

Wanyama, who plies his trade with CF Montréal of Canada, said he still has a great relationship with the Scottish club’s fans and he may return there should an opportunity arise.

Speaking to Milele FM yesterday, Wanyama, however,  pointed out that he is currently committed to Montréal where he still has a running contract.

“I have a good relationship with fans who are insisting that I come back. I can only say there is a 50-50 chance of me returning,” said Wanyama of the club where he enjoys a cult hero status.

Wanyama retired from international football this year after he was overlooked by the national team selectors for the World Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Rwanda.

 The ‘Lion of Muthurwa’,  as he is also known, served as Harambee Stars for a period spanning close to a decade before hanging his boots.

“It has been an honour to represent my country and I think the time has come for me to pass the mantle to the young ones.

I will  always be a member of the national team and their biggest supporter,” said Wanyama. 

Despite being overlooked by Harambee Stars coaches, Wanyama is still putting in an impressive shift in the Major Soccer League (MLS).

Meanwwhile, Wanyama’s  elder sibling, MacDonald Mariga, has taken on the previous Football Kenya Federation led by Nick Mwendwa, saying it was probably the worst thing that happened to the local game.

Speaking during the Rashid Abdalla Super Cup in Kwale County, Mariga said that the quality of football in the country has been affected by poor management.

Develop talent

Mariga advocated for a new corruption-free regime that will execute its mandate without bias as Kenya hopes to emulate the success of West African nations in the sport.

“The coming federation that will be elected should develop talent well because we want to be like West African nations that are successful in football.

They should go to every corner and select players from rural areas and not just focus on Nairobi.

We also do not want corruption – we don’t want players who are not selected on merit to be in the national team,” said Mariga.

Football in the country is currently under a caretaker committee after the previous regime was disbanded over allegations of corruption and misuse of office.

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