Harambee Stars veteran captain Victor Wanyama on Monday announced his decision to retire from international duty after a 14-year shift.
The Montreal Impact midfielder stated that it was a “tough decision” to make but thanked the team for the opportunity to serve his country.
Until his retirement, Wanyama had 52 caps for his country and scored 7 goals during his time with the national team.
“Growing up it was always my dream to get the chance to represent my country. With a great deal of pride, I can say that I have been fortunate to live my dream,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.
“From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt-these past 14-years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible.
“We have shared great memories together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader,” the 30-year old added.
Wanyama will forever be remembered in history for being the first Kenyan to play in the English Premier League when he joined Southampton in 2013.
After leaving St. Mary’s, he joined Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent 4 years, scoring 6 goals in 69 appearances for the North London club.
“The time has come to hand over the team to the next generation so that they too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights.
“I hope to return one day to help the federation off the field but until then, I will still be the Harambee Stars’ biggest supporter and I will be cheering you guys on from the sideline,” he concluded.
Wanyama’s last national assignment was in 2019 as he captained Kenya at the Africa Cup of Nations, a competition the country had not qualified for in 15 years.