Momentous Historic win for Kenya over Namibia

Kenya recorded what is perhaps the biggest win in its rugby history when they beat Namibia 29-22 in a crucial rugby world cup qualifier. It was the opening match of the CAR Division-1A which also doubles as the final qualifiers for the 2015 rugby world cup.

The win is momentous for several reasons. Firstly, Namibia has a much stronger rugby tradition than Kenya. They were ranked number 22 in the world, far ahead of Kenya which is ranked number 34.

Past matches played between Kenya and Namibia have often been lopsided. The only times Kenya beat Namibia was in matches played in Kenya where the outcome of the match was not crucial. In those instances, Namibia did not send all their best players. Such was the case when Kenya beat Namibia for the first time ever in 2006. The score was 30-26 and is the only time Kenya had ever beaten Namibia.

Meanwhile Namibia had beaten Kenya 5 times often with lopsided scores. The graphic below displays results of matches between Kenya and Namibia with Namibia victories marked in red.

The very first time these two teams was in 1993 at the RFUEA grounds. The 60-9 score actually flattered Kenya. Namibia could have scored a lot more points had they tried. But toward the end of the game, Namibia passed up opportunities to score tries and kick penalties.

The worst loss to Namibia came in 2006 in the return leg for the 2007 rugby world cup qualifiers. During the return leg in Windhoek, Namibia now had a full complement of players and beat Kenya 84-12 with winger Oscar Osir scoring both Kenya’s consolation tries.

For years the gap between Kenya and Namibia in rugby was massive and looked insurmountable. However Kenya has been steadily improving and in the past 2 years has taken massive leaps. Even when Kenya lost to Namibia in Windhoek last year by a score of 55-35, it was readily apparent that the gap was closing fast. Kenya pushed Namibia all the way in that game. But as is often the case, home ground advantage helps.

This Saturday’s match in Madagascar was thus going to be a true test of how far Kenya since the game was to be played in a neutral site and Namibia were sending their best players and had been under intense preparations including friendly matches against twp South African sides, Western Province and Blue Bulls.

Beating Namibia 29-22 when the stakes are this high shows that Kenya rugby has finally arrived. When Kenya won the African championships in past years, it seemed like an incomplete victory since Namibia did not participate. This was the case even last year when Kenya beat Uganda 51-11 and Zimbabwe 29-17.

However despite this momentous win, Kenya cannot rest on its laurels. There are still two big games to play.

The match

Namibia raced into a 12-0 thanks to two tries from left wing Heinrich Smit and a conversion from Willem Kotze.

But Kenya took advantage of prop Jaco Engels’ yellow card on 38 minutes to score a converted try on the stroke of half-time through one of their Rugby Sevens contingent, Humphrey Khayange.

Kenya scored a further 12 points while Namibia were a man down, flanker Michael Okombe being joined on the scoresheet by scrum half Edward Achayo. With Lavin Asego landing his second conversion Kenya found themselves 19-12 up with the second half six minutes old.

However Namibia hit back to level the scores when full back Chrysander Botha scored a try that Kotze converted.

Kotze and his opposite number Asego then traded penalties before Sevens skipper Andrew Amonde came off the bench to score the match winner with 16 minutes to go.

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Its time Kenya fifteens arrived on the world stage

Brian Nyikuli and team-mates in training

For the first time ever, the Kenya rugby fifteen a side team has a realistic chance of qualifying for the rugby world cup for fifteen a side teams. The qualifiers will kick off in Madagascar on June 28

Whereas Kenya has qualified for the seven a side world cup four times in a row and has reached the semi-finals twice, they country has never had a realistic chance of qualifying for the fifteen a side world cup which brings with it far more recognition.

In addition, a number of African countries have been to the rugby world cup. Zimbabwe were there in 1987 and again in 1991. In 1987, Zimbabwe boasting the legendary Tsimba brothers came within a hair of beating Romania, succumbing to a late try and losing 20-21. Cote’d Ivoire were Africa’s representatives in 1995 when they shocked Namibia in last qualifier. On that occasion, Namibia had badly underated the Ivorians and sent a weakened team to Abidjan only for them to lose and miss out on a chance to qualify for the 1995 RWC that was held in neighbouring South Africa. However since then, Namibia has dominated the qualifiers, going to the world cup three times in a row (2003, 2007 and 2011).

Kenya are better prepared to take on the Namibians, Zimbabweans and Madagascans than they have ever been. To begin with, Kenya are the reigning African champions, having won the tournament in dominating fashion in 2013, including a massive 52-11 win over Uganda.

Secondly, Kenya played in the 2014 Vodacom cup and managed one win and six losses. The experience they gained in that tournament was invaluable. They played against test calibre opposition and acquited themselves well. In 2014, Kenyan teams thoroughly and utterly dominated the Bamburi super series leaving Ugandan teams as a non-factor. And in their final build-up match, Kenya narrowly lost to Western province of South Africa, a team that reached the quarter final of the Vodacom cup.

Sevens Players

Kenya have beefed up their squad by including members of the succesful sevens team who will add pace and guile. Three siblings Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi headline the squad that also includes Michael Wanjala and Patrice Agunda. Skipper Andrew Amonde, Tony Awuor and Billy Odhiambo will start from the bench with Wilson Kopondo retaining the arm band.

Namibia and Zimbabwe stand in the way

“Namibia is Kenya’s biggest roadblock to the World Cup,” Mwangi Muthee, Chairman Kenya Rugby Union said on Thursday. The vastly experienced Namibians played their final build up match against Blue Bulls on June 21 loosing 34-13. Blue Bulls which once featured Daniel Adongo were semi-finalists in the 2014 Vodacom cup. Earlier Namibia had played Western Province and won 30-28 thanks to a last gasp try. Namibia will also be able to call upon half a dozen players who play professional rugby in places like South Africa.

Zimbabwe for their part have also been in intense training. But their build-up has been hampered after a trip to South Africa for build matches was aborted at the last moment due to lack of funds. Coach Cyprian Madenge has expressed confidence in his charges. That we narrowly lost to Namibia last year, with just a week of training, has given a reason to believe to the boys that we can go and conquer because some of the guys had (other) commitments,” said Mandenge.

Namibia will go into this tournament with a dose of confidence since they beat both Kenya and Zimbabwe 55-35 and 35-26 respectively at the 2014 Tri Nations cup.

Hosts Madagascar cannot be forgotten. The “Makis”  as they are called, beat Namibia the last time those two teams met in Madagascar. The partisan crowd in Antananarivo always turns out in large numbers to support the Makis.

Qualification format

The three teams (Kenya, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe) will play each other once in a league format. Points will be awarded as follows:

Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
4 or more tries – 1 point
Loss within 7 points – 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points – 0 points

The winner earns a direct ticket to the world cup while the runner up will play in the repecharge (playoff) against a European team.

Qualification would be a massive boost

Aside from creating exceitement about the sport of rugby in Kenya, qualifying for the rugby world cup could be the financial shot in the arm that could take Kenya to the next level in rugby “We need to develop structures to ensure we go to the World Cup to compete. Building such structures is costly, and funding from IRB will come in handy. Should we qualify, we stand to get a minimum of Sh87 million from the IRB to prepare for the World Cup. Afterwards, we could get the same amount annually for development,” said Muthee.


Kenya squad

Moses Amusala, Sammy Warui, James Kangethe, Oliver Mange’ni, Wilson Kopondo, Michael Okombe, Davis Chenge, Martin Owila, Michael Wanjala, Lavin Asego, Patrice Agunda, Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi, Duncan Mwangi, Curtis Lilako, Isaiah Nyariki, Emmanuel Mavala, Ronnie Mwenesi, Brian Nyikuli, Andrew Amonde, Tony Owour, Llye Asiligwa, Kenny Andola, Billy Odhiambo, Nick Barasa, Fabian Olando, Tony Onyango, Cyprian Kuto and Leonard Mugaisi, Joshua Chesanga, Maxwell Adaka, Isaac Adimu and Joseph Kang’ethe.

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NCAA roundup : Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba

Twin sisters Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba are freshmen at Abilene Christian University, the same University that at one time featured Kenyan stalwarts Peter Kiganya and Alex Aluga among others.

Suzzy Dimba during the 2013-2014 season

Suzzy played in all 30 games during the season. She played 27 minutes again while averaging 11.3 points per game which is a superb number for a freshman and was the fourth highest on the team. But where she excelled was on the defensive side of the court. She recorded an amazing 42 blocks which was by far the highest on the team, for an average of 1.4 bpg. She also recorded 11.9 rebounds per game which was the highest on the team. Her 1.5 steals per game ranked 3rd highest on the team. For those amazing statistics, she was named to the Southlands conference All Defensive team, the only freshman to earn such an accolade.

Suzzy recorded a field goal percentage of 44.1% and a three-points shooting percentage of 34%.She also had 11 double-doubles during the season.  She was named Southlands conference player of the week on Dec 23 and was honorable mention All Southland Conference. She was also named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her academic achievements.

Lizzy Dimba during the 2013-2014 season

Lizzy appeared in all 30 games and was a starter in 25. She scored 9.8 points per game on an amazing 50.2 % shooting percentage. Her best performance came on Feb. 17 when she scored a career high 21 points on 9-11 shooting  for an 81.8% shooting percentage which was the highest at Abilene Christian since 2010. She averaged 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. She was also named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her academic achievements.


The twin sisters who both stand at 5″11′ were born in Kenya and moved to Luboock Texas along with their parents Thomas and Hellen Dimba. They attended Coronado high school where they excelled at basketball. and volleyball.

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Rudisha win shows he is on the comeback trail

Rudisha holds off a strong field at the 2014 New York Diamond League

David Rudisha posted a confidence boosting victory in the New York leg of the IAAF Diamond league circuit when he won the 800m race in 1:44.63. The time recorded is far cry from 2012 when Rudisha stopped the clock at 1:41.74 to set a new world record. Still it is an important step. Coming back from a serious injury that kept you out for a year can be a long arduous process. Regaining confidence in your previously injured knee can also be challenging.

The Race

Rudisha started on the outer lane  and immediately put himself front and center, tucking in right behind rabbit Daniel Dye down the opening backstretch. Dye passed the 400 meters at 50.48. This is a classic Rudisha tactic. Duane Solomon followed close on Rudisha’s shoulder, as per his second game plan — and hung on throughand stayed there until 700 meters. Rudisha hit 600 meters at 1:18.03, followed by Solomon, then a fast-charging Mark English of Ireland.

Rudisha held off Ireland who settled for second place in 1:45.03 having passed Duane Solomon who then came third in 1:45.13

Rudisha’s Post race Interview

After the race, Rudisha was mobbed by reporters, a clear sign that despite a year away from the track, he is still a star attraction. In fact Rudisha drew far more reporters than any other athlete at the meet.

“I still need to do a lot, because I started a little late this year. I felt better today, but I need a few races to bring my body back.” said Rudisha to the media throng.


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Profile and Biography of Silalei Shani-Owuor

Silalei Shani-Owuor in action in the Kenyan league

Her full name is Silalei Agalo Shani-Owuor. She has been one of the most prominent players on the Kenya basketball scene and a key performer in the recent success of Kenya women’s basketball teams at regional and continental level. Early Days  She was born in Kenya but her family lived in several locations all over the globe including – Zambia  Mauritania, Senegal and eventually settled in the USA.  Owuor’s love of basketball began when she was only 7-years-old and she played with her father and brothers. It was at age 13 that she realized that she had a knack for basketball. When I was about 13 yearsold and I realized I could play and keep up with adult players during pick-up games. said Silalei in an interview with FIBA Africa.  Silalei credits both her parents with her success at basketball. My mum introduced it and encouraged us to play each day from school but my dad took it up to teach us the fundamentals at a very young age.Being a former player, he also used to join us in playing frequently. But my height comes from my mum’s side and my hop is from my day’s Maasai background”. said Silalei in an interview. Silalei’s mother is from Chemelil in Kisumu county whereas her father is from

 Silalei Shani at Messiah College

Upon completing high school, Silalei joined Messiah College and soon joined the basketball team. She did not see any action during her freshman season. “it was not until the second year that my coach started noticing my consistent and persistent performance” said Silalei.  In the 2006-2007 season, she appeared in 25 games, averaging 9.0 points per game with a shooting percentage of 51.3% . Her free throw percentage was 81.3%. Ge totaled 67 rebounds, 22 assists, 17 blocks During the NCAA Tournament game she led the team in rebounding.  During her junior season (2007-2008) she played a key role to help the team reach the national championship final. She came off the bench for all 33 games playing an average of 17 minutes per game and had a scoring average of 9.6 ppg which was second on the team. She was second in the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. She also led the team in blocks with 36 blocks in 33 games.  In her last season at Messiah College (2008-2009) , Silalei had now established herself in the starting five.   She played a pivotal role in helping her team to a record of 11 wins and one loss, a record that enabled them to finish at the top of the Commonwealth conference standings.  She started all 28 games. She led the team in rebounds (9.3 rpg) , led the team in blocks (57 blocks in 28 games) and was joint second in scoring (12.5 ppg). Her 57 blocks were also the highest in the entire Commonwealth conference.  From an academic perspective, Silalei left Messiah college with a degree in Human resource management.

In her last season at Messiah College (2008-2009) , Silalei had now established herself in the starting five. She played a pivotal role in helping her team to a record of 11 wins and one loss, a record that enabled them to finish at the top of the Commonwealth conference standings. She started all 28 games. She led the team in rebounds (9.3 rpg) , led the team in blocks (57 blocks in 28 games) and was joint second in scoring (12.5 ppg). Her 57 blocks were also the highest in the entire Commonwealth conference. From an academic perspective, Silalei left Messiah college with a degree in Human resource management.

 Silalei returns to Kenya joins Eagle Wings

In Mid 2010, Silalei returned to Kenya after having been away from the country for almost her entire life. “I wanted to come back to my native land to just immerse myself in my traditional culture, learn Swahili and understand the people better”.  In July 2010 she joined Eagle wings. “My I landed at Eagle Wings by accident in July 2010 courtesy of my cousin, he asked me whether I wanted to play basketball and having missed the game so much I accompanied him to their training base. Funny enough after the day’s training session, they took me in and requested me to join them for their league matches.”  Eagle wings has been one of the most positive story-lines in the sporting landscape of Kenya. Despite not having a sponsor, they have maintained their position as one of the best teams in Kenya in the past few years. It is a committed group of players who often pay for their own training yet have the wherewithal to beat corporate teams. They have represented Kenya well in several tournaments. Their crowning moment came at the 2013 Africa club championship for women where Eagle wings finished 3rd including a memorable win over First Deepwater of Nigeria.

 Silalei Shani in the national team

Silalei Shani off the court

In 2014, Silalei Shani was picked by pay TV company, Zuku to anchor a new TV show called BAQE. The show features commentary about the Zuku sponsored University basketball league.

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Harambee stars set for Brazil soon after U17 was disbanded.

The State House on Thursday announced President Uhuru Kenyatta has sponsored the national team to travel to Brazil to watch the World Cup. The President’s personal sponsorship is $120,000. The idea is that the players will become motivated by a trip to Brazil and will learn something

EABL Chips in

Following hot on the heels of the President’s announcement, The national team sponsors, East Africa Breweries limited announced that they have added US Dollars 40,000 (Approximately Kshs. 3.5 million) after the president together with his wife Margret Kenyatta cashing in US Dollars 120 000 (Approximately Kshs. 10.5 million).

 Under 17 team disbanded

The announcement came hot on the heels of the decision by FKF to withdraw the Kenya Under 17 team which was scheduled to host South Sudan in the first leg of the CAF Under 17 qualifiers. The team was withdrawn due to financial constraints. As a result, South Sudan received a walkover.

This is a classic case of misplaced priorities. No country can succeed without strong youth programs. If the president and sponsors want Kenya to succeed in football, they should invest heavily in youth programs.

The fact that Kenya rarely participates in youth tournaments is bad enough. But the utter and complete dearth of structured youth development is precisely why Kenya keeps failing at football.

Sending the national team to the world cup to watch one or two games is a good gesture but it will do nothing to advance football. And aside from youth football, there are several other initiatives that need funding. For example, the Kenya women’s league is basically dead due to lack of funds after the previous sponsors (UNICEF) pulled out.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is to be aplauded for even taking an interest in sports especially considering that his predecessor completely ignored sports. However we hope that in the future he will come up with initiatives that can actually help advance football.

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Julius Yego within one cm of DL win as Birech & Sum dominate

Kenya’s star javelin thrower Julius Yego, popularly known as the youtube man provided what is his best performance ever in the Diamond league on Wednesday at the Oslo Diamond League. Yego came second when he chucked the javelin a distance of 84.17m to finish behind former world champion Tero Pitakamaki who won with a throw of 84.18m. The performance bodes well for Yego who is gunning to finish at the podium during the commonwealth games.

Eunice Sum Stays perfect

Sum winning in Oslo

Eunice Sum had yet another commanding performance to win her third succesive diamond league win in Oslo on Wednesday June 11. After following the Australian pacemaker, Selma Kajan, through 400m in 57.45 Sum moved three metres clear down the back straight before Jessica Judd challenged around the final bend.

“It looks like I’m confident of winning but it is not true,” said Sum.

“I’m taking every competition one at a time especially as I am tired from recent competitions. I would like faster times, but I need to be more fresh. Maybe in Lausanne.”

Jairus Birech continues rapid rise

Kenya’s new steepechase sensation Jairus Birech added to his rapidly growing reputation with a commanding win in the 3000m steeplechase in 8:02.38; and Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde notched up his second 110m hurdles win on the trot, slicing 0.01 his world-leading time from Eugene with 13.12.

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Layile by Franco feat Jolie Detta (translated)

In 1986 Franco introduced a tall, elegant, beautiful singer / dancer with a heavenly voice. Her name was Kamenga Koyabote but she is popularly known by her stage name Jolie Detta. She stayed with TPOK Jazz long enough only to sing two songs: Masso and Layile. But these two songs are amongst the most memorable TP OK Jazz songs.

Below are the lyrics and translations of the second song in that album : Layile.

Jolie Detta’s opening solo

Jolie Detta

Layile translation

Franco’ Opening Monologue

Franco songs

Saxophone Solo

Jolie Detta’s second vocal

TPOK Jazz songs

Jolie Detta Massou

Franco’s 2nd Monologue

Jolie Detta’s 3rd vocal

Franco’s 3rd Monologue

Franco’s final Monologue


Jolie Detta’s last solo

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Victor Wanyama : First Kenyan in the English premier league

In action against Nigeria in 2013

Victor Wanyama made history on July 11 2013 when he became the first Kenyan ever to be signed by a team in the English premier league when he joined Southampton from Glasgow Celtic. The transfer fee was £12.5 million, making him the most expensive player ever from the Scottish premier league.

Early days

He was born on 25 June 1991. He and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga are the sons of Noah Wanyama who was a brilliant winger for AFC Leopards football club in the 1970s and early 1980s.The senior Wanyama was then one of the most re-known players in the Kenyan league and played a key role when AFC won the CECAFA club cup for the first time ever in 1979.

His passion for football started when he heas seven years old. ” I was seven years old. I was in Class One. At that tender age, I was selected to represent Nairobi in some major tournament where I gave it my all and we won.” said Wanyama.

Like many other boys in Nairobi’s Eastlands, Wanyama gre up playing barefoot with polythene balls. “There were days I had to walk for several kilometres because I had no bus fare to go for a match in which I was scheduled to play. I did not have football shoes and had to play in torn ones. Most of the times I played football the African way or in sheng we say mguu chuma (without shoes). I also played with a juala (make-shift) ball while in the mtaa (estate) said Wanyama.

Wanyama at Kamkunji secondary school

. He attended St Peters Claver Primary School, which is located on Race Course Road, before joining Kamukunji High School. During this period, Kamkunji was one of the premier football schools in the country with players like Dennis Oliech, MacDonald Mariga and George Odhiambo “Blackberry”. At Kamkunji, Wanyama featured as an attacking midfielder.

It was while at Kamkunji that his talents came to the fore. During this era he was discovered by talent scouts and invited to join JMJ football academy in 2006. At the same time he joined Nairobi City stars which had recently been promoted to the Kenya Premier league. While JMJ nurtured his talent and instilled fundamentals, City stars gave him invaluable experience playing in the national league at a young age. In 2007 he joined AFC Leopards, his father’s former team which was uncharacterically languishing in the lower leagues.

Wanyama moves to Helsigbourgs IF

In 2007, Wanyama was invited to join Helsingborgs IF of Sweden. There he joined his elder brother Mariga. But Mariga would soon leave to join Parma of Italy on loan. Wanyama was unable to settle at Helsingbourg IF and soon returned to Kenya. During this period, Wanyama made his international debut in a friendly against Nigeria at Kasarani.

Wanyama in action against Nigeria in 2007

However, after Victor’s arrival, the brothers were quickly broken up when Mariga moved to Serie A side Parma on loan in August 2007.
Still only a teenager, Wanyama failed to settle in Helsingborg and returned to Kenya. No sooner was he back in Kenya than he was invited for trials again, this time with Belgian club Germinal Beerschot on trial before signing a four-year deal to move there on a permanent basis. He was amongst a number of other young Kenyans who joined Belgian sides during this period. Others were Ayub Timbe, Johana Omollo and Edwin Oluoch.

Victor Wanyama at Germinal Beerschot

He soon made his debut for Beerschot, playing in a score-less draw with KV Kortrijk on 4th October 2008. That was his only taste of first-team action in 2008/09 season. But he was now a fixture in the national team, appearing in a friendly against Iran and a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier versus Tunisia in March 2009.

Wanyama scored his debut against Westerlo

The 2009/10 season marked Wanyama’s coming of age as a professional footballer. He made 20 appearances for Beerschot and was impressive enough that Glasgow Celtic and CSKA Moscow made offers for him. But Beerschot resisted. The following year Wanyama was in superb form as he helped Beerschot to a mid table finish while making 34 appearances.  Wanyama scored his first professional goal in December 2010, scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Westerlo. His second goal  also came against Westerlo in 2011.  It was a late goal that snatched a 3-3 draw.

Victor Wanyama joins Celtic

His continued superb performances at Beerschot made Celtic even more determined to sign him. This happened on 9th July 2011 when Wanyama joined Celtic on a 4 year contract. The transfer fee was £900,000. Wanyama became the first Kenyan to play in the Scottish premier league.

His Celtic debut came in a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of St Johnstone. His  first goal for the green and white Hoops arrived in December 2011 when he scored in a 1-0 win over Hearts. . It was at Celtic that Wanyama’s talents started to come to the fore amongst fans of international football. He won the SPL Young Player of the Month award soon after his second goal for Celtic.

The 2011/2012 season marked the first time that Wanyama got a winners medal when Celtic won the Scottish league beating arch rivals Glasgow Rangers in a photo finish.
In the 2012/2013, Celtic won a league and also won the cup when  they beat Hibernian. Wanyama played for Celtic 49 times, scoring nine goals.

He won rave reviews for his superb performance against Barcelona in the European champions league, a performance he capped by scoring the opener as Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 win at Parkhead.

Below is a video of his goal against Barcelona

He was named  the 2013 Clydesdale Bank Young Player of the Year and was now one of the hottest properties in Britain and was a target of several European clubs. He left  Glasgow Celtic having appeared 91 times and scored 13 goals.

Wanyama’s  Harambee stars career

Having become a fixture for the national team by 2010 Wanyama ‘s influence in the national team continued to grow in stature. By 2011 , then coach Zedekiah Otieno had made him a permanent fixture in the starting line-up, playing in midfield alongside his brother Mariga. One of his best performances was against Uganda in the 2012 AFCON qualifier played in Kampala. Aside from a brilliant performance by Arnold Origi, Wanyama was the best player on the field. He was even better against Nigeria in both legs of the 2014 world cup qualifiers as Wanyama seemed to cover every blade of grass of the field and seemingly intercepted half of the Nigerian passes. Indeed Wanyama’s ability to anticipate the flight of a pass and intercept it is one of his biggest strengths. In 2013, coach Adel Amrouche made him the Harambee stars captain.

Wanyama joins Southampton

Following his superb performances fo Celtic, Wanyama had been the subject of much transfer speculation with Wanyama being linked to teams like Manchester United, Cardiff City and Liverpool.. When negotiations started with Southampton, they were protracted. On 11 July 2013, he finally completed the move to the Saints for £12.5m.

Wanyama fends off Brazilian midfielder Ramires of Chelsea, popularly known as the “blue Kenyan”.

He made his debut on 17 August, in 1–0 away win against West Bromwich Albion. Wanyama’s impact at Southampton was immediate as he patrolled the Southampton rear guard putting in numerous timely tackles and disrupting opposing teams. After his first season, his defensive prowess was best described statistically: Southampton conceded on average a goal every 121 minutes when he was on the pitch and that dropped to every 57 minutes when he didn’t play.

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