Wanyama gives East Africa hope
A lot of my West Africa colleagues might be wondering about the hullabaloo regarding Victor Wanyama's move from Celtic in Scotland to Southampton in the EPL.
To Kenya and East Africa this is definitely a proud moment. The £12.5 million move smashed all Scottish transfer records and made Wanyama the talk of social media circles.
As a footballer, Wanyama deserves praise for his hard work and dedication.
It’s not been an easy rise for this 22-year-old player, who grew up in a humble neighbourhood in Nairobi in a footballing family that dared to dream. He played locally for JMJ Academy and then Nairobi City Stars before moving to Europe, where his brother, Macdonald Mariga, introduced him to Helsinborg in Sweden before he made the move to Germinal Beerschot then off to Celtic.
East Africa is known to produce very brilliant athletes but no one had given Kenya a chance of producing such an amazing player. He has made headlines across the world, putting Kenya on top as well as East Africa .
West African countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal or even Cameroon might find the move a norm for them but we have to celebrate this achievement that has been long overdue and will certainly open the doors for other local footballers.
The EPL might not be the best in terms of quality of football, as compared to Spain, but the league is definitely marketable and the most watched in the world.
It is also important to praise Celtic for having given Wanyama an opportunity to flourish and make a name for himself.
I remember when I did an exclusive interview with Wanyama four years back, when he was still at Germinal Beershot, I foresaw this future move coming, as he was focused on his career.
So many young footballers in Kenya and across the borders have shown renewed vigour, as the Wanyama move has indicated to them that nothing is impossible as long as you are committed, disciplined and focused.
Victor Wanyama you have definitely made all of us proud and we wish you a great career at Southampton.