Coronavirus: Wanyama's MLS debut for Montreal Impact suffers setback
FOOTBALL By Odero Charles | March 13th 2020
Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama will have to wait a little longer for his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut following the postponement of the league games for 30 days.
Wanyama made his first appearance for Montreal Impact in a CONCACAF Champions League clash against Olimpia at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada on Wednesday.
He marked the occasion with an assist to Saphir Taider as the attacking midfielder turned a simple pass into the goal with a stunning long-range strike.
Wanyama was originally scheduled to make his debut in the MLS league on March 21 away to Minnesota United, but now the game has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
He might make his league debut on April 11 when they face Philadelphia Union.
A statement from the league administrators regarding the move reads, in part:
"Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of Covid-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.
"At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of the league events."
Victor Wanyama left Tottenham Hotspurs for MLS on a free transfer.
He completed the surprising move to the Canadian club-managed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry-on March 3rd after signing a three-year deal to put an end to his transfer speculation.
The 28-year-old enjoyed a seven years stint in the Premier League since joining Southampton in 2013 from Scottish giants Celtic before moving to Spurs in 2016, but a nagging knee injury severely derailed his career as he fell down the pecking order at the North London side.
He made 97 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and scored seven goals, including the opening goal in their 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the last ever game at the White Hart Lane Stadium.
Despite being restricted to only 24 minutes in the Premier League this season and making just four appearances in overall, Wanyama is proud of the transfer.
"I'm really happy to join an exciting club like the Montreal Impact," Wanyama told the club's website.
"MLS continues to grow every season and I'm looking forward to bringing further awareness to this team, city and league across Africa.
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