Victor Wanyama Returns From Retirement, Rejoins Harambee Stars

Kenyan footballer Victor Wanyama is set to return to Harambee Stars, about a year after announcing his retirement from international football after 15 years of service for the Kenyan national team.

Youth Affairs, Sports, and Arts CS Ababu Namwamba announced his return on Thursday after meeting with the former Harambee Stars captain.

“Am delighted Victor Wanyama has agreed to return fully to Harambee Stars, rescinding his earlier decision to exit the team. In our mission to rebuild our football and raise the bar for our national teams, our elite players must be right at the heart of this renaissance,” Namwamba shared on social media.

Wanyama retired from Kenya’s senior team after 71 appearances and seven goals.

His final goal for Kenya came in a 3-0 win over Ethiopia, helping Kenya qualify for the 2019 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Kenya’s 1-0 loss to Comoros in the 2021 AFCON qualifier was his final game for the Harambee Stars.

Wanyama, a renowned midfielder who made history by becoming the first player from his native East Africa to compete in the English Premier League, made his debut as a 15-year-old substitute against Nigeria in 2007.

He rose to prominence and became well-known after playing in midfield with his older brother MacDonald Mariga before the latter retired.

Former coach Adel Amrouche appointed him captain after Dennis Oliech retired in 2014.