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Victor Mugambi Wanyama (born on 25th June 1991) is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for premier league club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the Kenyan national team.
Wanyama became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the first goal in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Baercelona on 7th November 2012.
Wanyama attended Kamukunji High School, which fields a successful football team. After leaving High School, he played with JMJ Academy for three years during which was the same time he joined Kenyan Premier League clubs Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards. On the field he is known for his sportsmanship and leadership qualities.
In 2007 he joined Allsyenskan club Helsingborg but after the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Series Aside Parma in 2008 Wanyama returned to Kenya. On 11 July 2013, Wanyama moved to Premier League club Southampton for £12.5 million making him the most expensive player sold by a Scottish club.
Wanyama signed for Beerschot AC on a four year contract in summer 2008. He made his debut in a League match at the end of the 2008-09 season. In September 2009, he was fined €100 and given a three match suspension for a violent tackle on Matias Suarez of Anderlecht. In summer of 2011 Scottish Premier League club Celtic attempted to sign Wanyama but Beerschot did not allow him to leave. Wanyama scored his first goal for Beerschot on 11 December 2010, a 77th-minute equalizer against Westerlo. In April 2011, he received another three match suspension after a video evidence showed he had elbowed Brecht Dejaeghere.
On 9 July, 2011, Wanyama completed a £900,000 move to Celtic from Beerschot AC, after the Scottish club failed to sign him the previous year. He signed a four-year contract and became the first Kenyan to play in the SPL. On 10 December 2011, Wanyama scored his first goal for Celtic in a 1-0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park. His performances during December earned him the Scottish Premier League young player of the month award. He scored his second Celtic goal on 2 January 2012 in a 3-0 win against Dunfermline at East End Park. In October 2012, Wanyama scored twice against St Mirren at Saint Mirren Park. On 25th October 2012, Wanyama’s agents released a statement saying that he had turned down an improved contract offer from Celtic staing that his wage demands could not be met by the club amid speculation of interestfrom clubs in England. On 7 November 2012, He opened the scoring with a powerful header agains Barcelona in the Champions’ League group stage by beating them 2-1.
On 11 July 2013, Wanyama signed for Premier League side Southampton for a fee of £12.5 million making him the first Kenyan to ever [lay in the Premier League. He made his debut on 17 August 2013, in a 1-0 away win against West Bromwich Albion. Wanyama made 24 appearances in his first season, but injuries hindered his efforts to make much of an impact in the team. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 league victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on 20 September 2014. He scored his second goal in am 8-0 trouncing of Sunderland on 19 October 2014. His performance in the month of September led him being awarded the league’s African Player of the month.
On 23 June 2016, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs announced that they had reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Wanyama which led to signing of a five-year contract for a fee of £11 million. Wanyama scored his first goal for the club on his home debut against Crystal Palace, in the 82nd minute of a 1-0 league win for Spurs. The goal made him the 138th different player to score for the club, extending its record for the most variety of goals scorers for a single club in the Premier League.