In the aftermath of sealing a move to Tottenham Hotspurs, Kenyan international Victor Mugubi Wanyama has penned an emotional letter to Southampton fans.

The Harambee Stars skipper signed a five year deal with the London club after spending three years at Southampton where he has made 85 appearances since joining from Scottish side Celtic.

In the letter on his personal website, the midfielder reveals with a heavy heart that he will be leaving the Saints, a club that made him first Kenyan to feature in the English Premier League.

I write to you with a heavy heart to announce that I will be leaving Southampton Football Club. As you can imagine it is very emotional for me to say goodbye to the club that gave me the chance to be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.

He then thanked the fans who have always been pleasant and lifted the club even when in bad times describing them as the most important persons at the club.

You guys have always been there to lift us up when we were down, and to celebrate with us when we were playing well. I feel really proud that I got the opportunity to wear the Southampton shirt.

The former AFC Leopards and Helsingborg central midfielder signs out by reminding them that he will never forget the Saints in his life.

I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep club forever in my heart.

BELOW IS THE FULL LETTER

Dear All,

I write to you with a heavy heart to announce that I will be leaving Southampton Football Club. As you can imagine it is very emotional for me to say goodbye to the club that gave me the chance to be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.

Firstly, I would like to thank the most important part of every club, the fans. I want to reassure you that any “quotes” you have read about in the media before my move was announced are false. I would never disrespect you by talking to the media before I have talked to you guys. It took a while for me to win you all over but I can truly say that with your support and affection I have grown as a player and a person.

You guys have always been there to lift us up when we were down, and to celebrate with us when we were playing well. I feel really proud that I got the opportunity to wear the Southampton shirt.

Secondly, football is a team sport and it wouldn’t be right not to thank my amazing teammates. Jose, thanks for leading the team and always being there to pick us up when we needed encouragement. Thanks to the rest of the team for always giving 100% effort, I will miss all of you.

I also want to thank every member of the Southampton staff: those who work behind the scenes and never get credit for their contribution to our success on the pitch. We are nothing without you.
I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep club forever in my heart.

Yours in Sport,

Victor Wanyama

BORN: JUNE 25, 1991 (AGE 24), NAIROBI, KENYA

WEIGHT: 76 KG

HEIGHT: 1.88 M

NATIONALITY: KENYAN

 

PROFILE

Victor Mugubi Wanyama is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for English club Tottenham Hotspurs and captains the Kenya national team. On the field, Wanyama is known for his sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

Victor attended Kamukunji High School, which fields a successful football team. Upon leaving High School, he also played with JMJ Academy for three years during which time he also joined Kenyan Premier League clubs Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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