Wanyama Shortlisted For African Young Player Of The Year
Earlier today, it was announced that Celtic’s very own Victor Wanyama had been shortlisted for the prestigious African Young Player Of The Year Award. Victor’s rivals for the prize are Mohammed Salah, who currently plays for FC Basel, and Moussa Konate, of the Russian club FC Krasnodar.
If the Kenyan star goes onto win the award itself, he will be in fine company. Last year’s winner was none other than Yaya Toure (Manchester City), and previous winners of late also include Kwadwao Asamoah (Udinese), Salamon Kalou (Lille, previously of Chelsea), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) and Obafemi Martins (Levante).
Victor Wanyama would also become (according to Wikipedia at least), the first Kenyan to win either of the African Young Player, or the African Player Of The Year awards, which have traditionally been dominated by individuals from the likes of Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Morocco, and Ghana (amongst others).
Wanyama has scored ten times in all competitions for Celtic, one of which came against FC Barcelona only weeks ago, as the Hoops triumphed 2-1 (in case you’d forgotten, or have just woken up, wondering if you dreamt it).
In all seriousness though, Victor Wanyama has developed massively since his move from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot. At the age of only twenty one, he has already taken on the world’s best and showed that he can perform at the highest level. He is incredibly versatile, winning vital headers as a defender and often dominating the midfield as a defensive midfielder.
I think it’s safe to say that he is now no longer simply “the brother of McDonald Mariga”, he is his own star; his own man; his own force to be reckoned with; “Victor Wanyama”.