22 Facts About Wanyama


Victor Mugubi Wanyama is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Major League Soccer club CF Montreal.

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Wanyama earned over 60 caps for the Kenyan national team since making his international debut in May 2007 at age 15.

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Wanyama attended Kamukunji High School, which fields a successful football team.

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Wanyama scored his first goal for Beerschot on 11 December 2010, a 77th-minute equaliser against Westerlo.

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On 9 July 2011, Wanyama finally completed a £900,000 move to Celtic, after the Scottish club had failed to sign him the previous year.

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Wanyama signed a four-year contract and in doing so became the first ever Kenyan to play in the SPL.

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Wanyama chose 67 as his squad number to honour the Lisbon Lions, Celtic's 1967 European Cup-winning team.

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Wanyama played in central defence rather than his favoured central midfield role.

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On 20 October 2012, Wanyama scored twice against St Mirren at St Mirren Park, the second of which was a half volley from 25 yards out.

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Wanyama made 24 appearances in his first season, but injuries hindered his efforts to make much of an impact in the team.

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On 23 June 2016, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Wanyama, signing a five-year contract for a fee of £11 million.

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Wanyama had previously worked with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino who brought him to Southampton in July 2013.

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Wanyama made his first start of the season two months later in the EFL Cup game against Watford that Spurs won on penalties.

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On 11 March 2020, Wanyama made his competitive debut for Montreal at Stade Olympique in the first leg of a quarterfinal in the CONCACAF Champions League, where he was named in manager Thierry Henry's starting side.

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Wanyama made his debut for the Kenyan national team in May 2007, aged just 15 in a friendly against Nigeria.

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Wanyama played in all six of Kenya's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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Wanyama represented the national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Wanyama announced his retirement from international football in September 2021, marking the end of his 14-year international duty.

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Wanyama's brother McDonald Mariga was a professional footballer, while his other brothers Thomas and Sylvester Wanyama are footballers in the Kenyan Premier League.

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Wanyama's father, Noah Wanyama, was a footballer for A FC Leopards in the 1980s, and his sister Mercy is a professional basketball player in the USA.

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Wanyama is managed by ExtraTime, and has a boot sponsorship deal with Adidas.

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In 2015, Wanyama participated in the production of a short film about football in Kenya called Mdudu Boy, written and directed by actress Ella Smith.

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