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Happy Birthday, Victor Wanyama! – Harambee Stars captain turns 29

Last updated 4 months ago | By Robert Abong'o

Victor Mugabe Wanyama (L) of Kenya tackle AShemset Gursa of Ethiopia during their AFCON 2019 qualifier match at Kasdarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2018. [Photo/Stafford Ondego]

Harambee Stars captain, formerly at Tottenham Hotspurs in England, now with The Montreal Impact in Canada, Victor Wanyama has turned 29.

Born on June, 25, 1991, Wanyama has excelled in the football field to become one of the biggest African Stars to grace the European football fields.

His, most notable achievement, arguably, will be reaching the Champions League final with Tottenham Hotspurs in 2019, where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

Also, Wanyama became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when in Celtic's 2-1 win over Barcelona in November 2012.

Victor Wanyama Career in a nutshell:

Plays as a defensive midfielder for The Montreal Impact in USA.

His playing career started in Kenya, where he donned the colours of Kenya Premier League sides AFC Leopards and Nairobi City Stars.

After trials were successful he joined Belgian side Beerschot AC on a four-year deal in 2008. Here, he scored only twice in 51 appearances.

He moved to Celtic in 2011 on a four-year contract choosing the shirt number 67. He scored 10 goals for Celtic in over 60 appearances.

Two years later, he joined Premier League side Southampton, becoming first EVER Kenyan to play in the Premier League. He made 84 appearances for the Saints, scoring 4 times.

Having brought him to Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino signed Wanyama at Tottenham in 2016 on a five-year deal. Here, he scored 6 times in 69 apperances. It is at Spurs that Wanyama made his name.

Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek (L) vies with Tottenham's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur at the the Johan Cruyff Arena, in Amsterdam, on May 8, 2019. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

In March this year, Wanyama moved to Major League Soccer outfit Montreal Impact.

For the national team: Wanyama has scored 7 times in 60 appearances. He was a key part of the squad that beat Ghana and Ethiopia to qualify for the 2019 AFCON.

Fellow footballers fans and football enthusiasts have taken to social media to wish Wanyama a happy birthday:

 

 

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