Wanyama: I’ve boosted Southampton profile
Kenya captain Victor Wanyama believes his move to English Premier League side Southampton has helped raised the club’s profile in the east African country.
Wanyama argued that a lot of Kenyans are supporting the Saints after he moved from Scottish giants Celtic.
“I would say yes (it has), considering how people in Kenya follow the Premiership. I would say it has also really raised the growth of football in Kenya now,” he told the club’s official website. “Almost everyone wants to watch the Premiership right now. Right now, the majority of Kenyans are supporting Southampton.”
He added: “Back home, we have good players and also we have a good national team side. Everyone is looking up at us, the players who are playing abroad, to take one or two things. I think we should lead by example because everyone is looking up to us and it is not an easy task.
“I do go back to the academies and try and spend my time there. That’s what I do when I go home – I try to give back in any way I can. There are a lot of talented players back home. It’s just that the opportunity isn’t that big. So if we have that chance (then) the players coming up can really show what they have.”
The Kenya international admitted that he misses playing in European night football.
“Obviously, I do miss them [European nights]. They are really great games. You get to play against the bigger clubs and also get a chance to play alongside world-class players, so it’s a really good stage to play.
“If we keep performing as we are performing in this league, we have a good chance to qualify for the Europa League,” Wanyama stated.