Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama turns 29 years old today.
The Kenyan midfielder, currently with Montreal Impact, is arguably one of the biggest African stars to grace the Premier League in recent years, turning out for London side Tottenham Hotspur.
Wanyama started his career with Kenyan sides AFC Leopards and Nairobi City Stars, before joining Belgian outfit Beerschot AC in 2008.
This marked the first stop in his European journey, which could later take him Celtic; in 2011, where he announced his arrival on the big stage.
Two years into his four-year contract in Scotland, he was picked by English side Southampton having featured 60 times for the Hoops.
He went on to make 84 appearances for the Saints, scoring 4 times within the period before Mauricio Pochettino, who took him to Southampton, once again tagged him along to Spurs.
He became a mainstay in the Lilywhites' midfield, making 69 appearances and scoring six times.
He left in March 2020 after failing to nail down a starting spot owing to recurrent injuries, heading to MLS with Impact Monreal.
The highest point in his career has to be reaching the Champions League final in 2019, where Spurs lost to Liverpool in Madrid.
Wanyama's career journey
- 🇰🇪 Nairobi City Stars (youth)
- 🇰🇪 AFC Leopards (youth)
- 🇸🇪 Helsinborg (youth)
- 🇧🇪 Beerschot 2008-2011
- 🏴 Celtic: 2011-2013
- 🏴 Southampton: 2013-2016
- 🏴 Tottenham: 2016-2020
- 🇺🇸 Montreal Impact: 2020-
Facts about Victor Wanyama
- Wanyama comes from a sporting family with his father, Noah Wanyama and brother McDonald Mariga having played professional football
- The midfielder is the first Kenyan to play in the English and Scottish League
- He has a number of nicknames from 'the Lione of Muthurwa' to Big Vic and even King of Spaghetti thanks to a tweet he made in 2012
- The former Spurs man once played for AFC Leopards
- He is the first Kenyan to score at UEFA Champions League; against Barcelona in 2012 during
- He starred in ‘Lion of Muthurwa’ film, a film on his football journey
- He has earned 60 caps for the Kenyan national team since making his international debut in May 2007 at the age of 15
- Wanyama made his debut for the Kenyan national team in May 2007, aged just 15 in a friendly against Nigeria
- His hobbies include playing pool and visiting children homes
Wanyama's goal against Liverpool
Wanyama is not much of a goalscorer, but he has notched a number of important goals during his career.
Arguably his best though has to be this long-range strike against Liverpool on February 4th, 2019. With Spurs needing a goal and the clock ticking the Kenyan international stepped off the bench to unleash an absolute rocket that ensured Spurs picked a point. And it was the Premier League's goal of the month.
Happy birthday, Big Vic! 🎉🎉🎉