Ababu Namwamba
Victor Wanyama and Ababu Namwamba Ababu Namwamba

Footballer Victor Wanyama has agreed to return to the National team (Harambee Stars) months after going into retirement

Wanyama’s decision follows a meeting he held on Wednesday with Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts CS Ababu Namwamba.

In a tweet, Namwamba said that he is delighted to see Wanyama back in the National team.

“Am delighted @VictorWanyama has agreed to return fully to Harambee Stars, rescinding his earlier decision to exit the team. In our mission to rebuild our football and elevate our national teams, our elite players must be at the heart of this renaissance. @OgadaOlunga too is in.🇰🇪,” Ababu Namwamba said.

In a separate post, Wanyama shared details of his meeting with Namwamba - they discussed matters of sports and how to better the sport.

“Paid a courtesy call to the Cabinet secretary for sports @ababunamwamba today. We discussed the current state of sports and particularly football in the country. I’m pleased with the plans that the government has put in place to elevate the state of football in this country.

“We also exchanged ideas on how to better the sport across all regions in Kenya. The mandate is to work together and take football to the next level. Excited for what’s ahead,” Wanyama said.

Wanyama announced his exit from the National team Harambee Stars in September 2021. He had been captain since 2013 when he replaced Dennis Oliech.

"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.

From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt-these past 14 years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible.

We have shared great moments together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader.

But all good things must come to an end eventually; and after long consideration, I have made a really difficult decision to retire from international football," said the midfielder in a communiqué posted on his social media pages.

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