Victor Wanyama Acquires New Citizenship

  • Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne instructs Victor Mugabe Wanyama during their AFCON 2019 qualifier
    Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne instructs Victor Mugabe Wanyama during their AFCON 2019 qualifier match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on October 14, 2018.
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  • Harambee Stars captain, Victor Wanyama has finally acquired his British Citizenship and is believed to be on his way back to the Scottish giants, Celtic.

    The Tottenham star has fallen down in Jose Mourinho's pecking order at his current club Tottenham Hotspurs' something that is triggering a move away from the North London club.

    It was earlier reported by the British Newspaper Evening Standard on March 2, 2020 that the Harambee Stars captain was ready to join the Scottish giants but he was reluctant to leave as he was sorting out his British citizenship.

    Victor Wanyama, MacDonald Origi and the Deputy President.
    Victor Wanyama and MacDonald Origi, when they visited the Deputy President in July 11, 2019
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    Wanyama's younger brother, Harry Wanyama talking on People Sport confirmed that indeed his brother had qualified to get citizenship as he had stayed in the United Kingdom for more than five years.

    "It's a normal, thing for a footballer to get British Citizenship after playing or staying here for at least five years," he confirmed.

    Wanyama who joined Glasgow side Celtic in 2011 has stayed in the United Kingdom for nine years.

    When asked if his brother was on the brink of rejoining former club Celtic, he was quick to note that Wanyama had options and that the decision to stay or leave the north London club would be made in a few days.

    "Victor's agent Ivan Modia will announce whether he will be leaving Spurs or not, the decision will be made in two or three days," he added. 

    The Spur's star has not seen many games and was not even on the bench during spurs 2-3 loss to Wolves. He has been facing tough competition from Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Ali.

    The former Southampton star has also been left out of the team's provisional champions league squad by Jose Mourinho.

    Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga with media personality Jeff Koinange.
    Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga with media personality Jeff Koinange in June 14, 2018
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    This means he is not getting enough playing time in a club he was once a favorite during the reign of former coach Mauricio Pochettino.

    Spurs have been holding onto him because none of the clubs that have inquired about his services are ready to meet his Ksh.1.2 billion valuations. 

    Persistent knee injuries have been a major setback for Wanyama this season. Many clubs are afraid to also meet his huge salary demands. Currently, at Spurs, Wanyama earns Kshs. 1.7bn annually.