MONTREAL – FC Montreal midfielder Victor Wanyama, a former captain of Kenya, is retiring from international football.
Wanyama made his senior debut in 2007 at the age of 15.
He went on to score seven goals in 56 games for the Kenyan national team.
“From my debut against Nigeria to capturing the team in the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, the past 14 years have gone beyond what I thought possible,” wrote Wanyama, 30. , in a statement posted on social networks. .
âWe have shared great moments together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader.
“But all good things have to come to an end eventually and after much thought I made the really difficult decision to retire from international football.
“Now is the time to pass the team on to the next generation so they too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights.”
Kenya did not call up Wanyama for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers earlier this year.
Wanyama became the first Kenyan to play in the English Premier League in 2013 with Southampton.
He then moved to Tottenham before joining Major League Soccer in March 2020.
Designated player, he played in 44 MLS games for Montreal.
He also played for Kenyans Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards, Swedes Helsingborgs IF, Belgians Beerschot AC and Scots Celtic.
– This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2021