Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has announced that he is officially retiring from international football.
Wanyama, who captained Harambee Stars in the 2019 Afcon announced his retirement in an official statement dated Monday, September 27.
His decision comes after he was once again overlooked for selection, this time for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.
Wanyama’s Statement After Partying Ways With Harambee Stars
“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! These past 14 years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible. But all good things must come to an end eventually, and 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 to help the federation off the field but until then, I will still be the Harambee Stars’ biggest supporter and I will be cheering you guys on from the sidelines.”Victor Wanyama, 2021.
Wanyama, who plays for Major League Soccer side CF Montreal, last appeared for Kenya in November 2020.
He made his international debut in May 2007 and scored seven goals in 64 outings for his country.
The 30-year-old former Tottenham midfielder said it had been a “really difficult decision” to leave the Harambee Stars.
“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 in a statement on Twitter.