His football talent got him through some difficult times in Africa and he’s now playing at the highest level of club football, for Southampton, previously with Celtic in the Scottish premier League, and the UEFA Champions League as well on the international stage for his country. He is the first Kenyan player ever to score a goal in the Champions League with a brilliant headed goal against Helsingborgs. Only two other Kenyans have featured in the competition previously – Victor’s brother Macdonald Mariga for Inter Milan and Kenyan Captain Dennis Oliech for French club Auxerre.
One of the most talented midfielders in European football, Wanyama was only 15 when he made his debut playing for Kenya’s senior national team in a friendly match against Nigeria in 2007. And now he has thrown his weight behind our Street Child World Cup Campaign.
Here at Glad’s House we’re delighted to have Victor as part of the team. He knows only too well how tough life can be as a youngster in Kenya.
“I grew up in a violent area. I witnessed as a kid a lot of crime which i could easily get into but playing football in the streets with my friends helped me to overcome the bad temptations.I believe the Street Child World Cup can change a lot of teenagers lives around the world. I wish Glad’s House all the best in the competition – they deserve every bit of success in everything they do.“”
Victor Wanyama, February 2013
Victor has a massive following back in Kenya and has become a huge fan’s favourite in Scotland. he has over 70,000 Twitter followers: twitter.com/realvictorwanyama.
Like Victor, at Glad;s House we strongly believe that no child should have to live with fear, danger or poverty. If you think you would like to get involved and help us, please get in touch with Cliff Ferguson on 01256 766263 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about our amazing adventure to take Kenyan street children to Brazil for the Street Child World Cup 2014
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