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‘Look at Messi and Ronaldo’ – Fans step up to defend Wanyama after reversing Harambee Stars' retirement

2:10 AM MYT 10/12/2022
Victor Wanyama of Kenya.
The midfielder’s decision was announced after his meeting with the country’s new sports Cabinet Secretary

After Victor Wanyama reversed his retirement from international football, fans have stated he still has something to offer the Harambee Stars.

The return of the former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was announced by Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba.

The Lion of Muthurwa – Wanayama’s nickname – announced his retirement in September 2021, when he was overlooked for World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Uganda.

He last featured for Kenya’s national team during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros, which they lost 2-1.

Wanyama's decision to return should be welcomed, according to fans who feel his experience will be key for the Harambee Stars.

The midfielder made his debut for Harambee Stars in 2007 and captained Kenya in the 2019 Afcon finals, where they finished third in a group that had eventual finalists Algeria and Senegal as well as Tanzania.

  • Ronaldo-Portugal-World-Cup

    The Ronaldo/Messi example

    If Pepe, Thiago Silva, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Dan Alves are still playing, why in Africa should we be forcing our players to retire? - Bwalya Chitalu

  • victor Wanyama of Kenya and Harambee Stars.

    Got experience

    I'm not a Kenyan, but if Victor is still playing actively, then he can be included. It doesn't matter if he's not playing for a bigger club now.

    He's got the experience, and it'll be good for the young ones. - Josef Saniolo

  • Victor Wanyama and Ababu Namwamba

    No performance without old players

    There is no country left performing well without old players in the squad. England took old [Jordan] Henderson, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Portugal have a bunch of them.

    Such games require experience. - @_MwendiaDenis

  • Victor Wanyama Kenya.


    Victor is a good inspiration to the young boys in the squad. Don't be too negative about his return.

    Messi also came out of retirement and is still making a great contribution to the Argentina national team. – Jack Lelegwe

  • Harambee Stars Victor Wanyama.

    Let down

    I want to apologize to Wanyama and the current generation of footballers. We let them down; our leadership let them down.

    Back to the topic - I want to believe it's not a sign that we've failed to tap and nurture new talent. That it's just a specialized role owing to his immense 'experience' but I may be wrong; and also this is our country - we know better! – Kenneth Otieno

  • Victor Wanyama Kenya.

    Has something to offer

    We are watching the World Cup, and Pepe at 39 is still offering service to his country, and Dani Alves at 39 is still playing for Brazil, so Wanyama can still offer something to our national team. – Willyheight Saisi

  • Victor Wanyama Kenya.

    Take leadership role

    Wanyama is great, but it time for him to take a position in leadership and bring his expertise to the FKF [Football Kenya Federation]. Maybe he joins the coaching staff.

    Let’s give youth a chance to shine too. – Foreigher Hussein Alli

  • Michael Olunga Victor Wanyama Harambee Stars.

    Learn from Spain

    We can learn something from the ongoing World Cup, Spain decided to use young stars, and you saw what happened. So it's a good move from the Cabinet Secretary [Ababu Namwamba].

    Olunga should be made the captain. – Edwin Kiprotich

  • Victor Wanyama Harambee Stars.

    Positive impact

    I choose to see the positive impact he will bring to the national team. I believe he has something to offer.

    Kenyans learn to celebrate your heroes - Kunta Gaddafi Kinte

  • Victor Wanyama Harambee Stars.

    Incorporate experience and youth

    If he can bring his experience to the field and help the rest of the players play professionally, that'd be good for the team.

    And also, they should incorporate some young talents, like from an academy of some sort, and, with time, they will grow into the game.

    Look at Arsenal, for instance, where the players right now have been in the academy and matured into the game. - A-one Hunnid Broskie