Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama has revealed his role in the injuries to teammates Philemon Otieno and Brain Mandela.
Mandela who was featuring for Maritzburg United at a time of his injury missed the 2019 African Cup of Nations but made the trip to Egypt but it couldn’t have been the same were it not for the intervention for Wanyama.
“When Mandela was injured they (FKF) wanted him to get back home but I refused. He had an injury in France and I felt he needed a surgery there since they had better facilities than what we have at home. I even said if they couldn’t allow him in the camp I was going to share my room with him and cater for his expenses,” Wanyama said in an interview with Madgoat Tv.
While Mandela was taken care of, the Federation didn’t come through when defender Philemon Otieno picked up an injury on a national team assignment in the CHAN competition.
According to Wanyama, he was made aware of the situation by the player and called the federation boss Nick Mwednwa to help sort the player.
“Philemon had an injury at the same time I was on rehabilitation. I personally called Nick and requested him to help the player. He said that he (Philemon) had carried a club injury to the national team. Nick had requested the player to relax as he looked for ways to sort him but I think he was angered by how Philemon went on with the situation. I don’t know how the process went but the player never came back to tell me how things went,” he added.
Wanyama was replying to sentiments among ceratin fans that the Federation has been biased on how they have been treating the national team players.