Football is a sport which has not only transformed Wanyama’s life but, like his faith, was a fundamental part of his upbringing in Nairobi.
The son of a footballing father, the defensive midfielder played with his three brothers, the oldest of whom, Mariga — four years Victor’s senior — would go on to become the first Kenyan to play in Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and the Champions League, winning Europe’s elite competition with Inter Milan in 2010.
Victor Wanyama, a Manchester United fan as a boy, initially followed in his brother’s footsteps, training with Swedish first division side Helsingborgs as a 14-year-old while his big brother made an impression on the first team.
But, eventually, the man who made his international debut as a 15-year-old created his own path, as many expected he would, first in Belgium’s first division Beerschot and then in Scotland with Celtic.
In 2013, he joined Southampton to play under current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, a man whom he describes as a father figure, and he made a big impression in one of Europe’s premier leagues.
His impact was such that Pochettino came calling again after the highly rated manager had moved to Tottenham, signing the midfielder last summer to add ballast to the midfield of a youthful Spurs side.
The Kenyan could end his first season in north London with a Premier League title. Although Chelsea are favorites, Pochettino’s men are just four points the leaders with five games remaining.
Original Article from CNN
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