CF Montréal midfielder Victor Wanyama, has vowed not to return to the Kenyan national team set up until those involved in running football in the country exhibit more professionalism.
The former Harambe Stars captain retired from international football in 2021, but was set to make his comeback last December after a seemingly fruitful meeting with Kenya’s minister of sports, Ababu Namwamba.
“I spoke to the minister and the new coach who were all asking me to come back, but I told them I needed a bit of time to think about this“
“It’s difficult because we have a lot of good players, but the problem has been settling for one coach and now having different coaches changing players all the time is tough.
‘’The players deserve better treatment and more professionalism,” Wanyama told BBC sports Africa.
Wanyama, 31, is speaking at a time when Kenyan football is in shambles, desperately in need of reconstruction.
Kenya are just recovering from a nine months international ban from the World football governing body (FIFA) after the country’s ministry of sports dissolved their football federation over alleged misuse of funds.
The East African nation was guilty of breaching one of the FIFA rules which stipulates ‘No government interference in a country’s football federation /association’.
Drawn in group C of the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside Cameroon, Namibia and Burundi, Wanyama thinks missing out on the qualification stage is a big loss for his fellow brothers.
“One of the biggest platforms for you to be seen is playing for your national team.
“When they take it away from young players then it becomes difficult for them.
“Hopefully Kenya can get back to where they belong because we lost a lot when the country was not playing competitive games.”
“Well…maybe I can come back and help the team, help the young players coming through to understand what it means to represent their country.
The former Tottenham, Celtic and Southampton player has 64 caps for his country from his debut in May 2007.
The CF Montréal midfield kingpin was part of Kenya’s 2019 AFCON squad.
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