Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

LB presents the Full Story of a Football Bull who is best known by the Nickname; “The Brute”. Our Victor Wanyama Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time till date. The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life and many off-pitch little-known facts about him.

Yes, everyone knows about his history as the first Kenyan to be featured in the Premier League, but few consider our Victor Wanyama’s Bio which is quite interesting. Now without further adieu, let’s Begin.

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Early Years

His full name is Victor Mugubi Wanyama. He was born on the 25th day of June 1991 in  Nairobi, Kenya. Born to poor parents, (Mr and Mrs Wanyama) who later got an opportunity in sports.

Despite having a tough childhood start, Victor while growing up was just an ordinary child who played the popular African “cha baba na cha mama” AKA “Mama and Papa Play” like the rest of his childhood friends. He passed through a lot of hardship growing up. Severally, Victor was chased home for school fees and sometimes he would go without food for days.

In a bid to survive the harsh realities, he started hustling by selling little provisions to keep body and soul intact. Sometimes in the streets, he would severally see criminal gangs being chased by Kenyan police Force.

The thought of football came when watched and admired Patrick Viera football energetic displays on the pitch of play. This also came after his elder brother and then local footballer McDonald Mariga advised him to give football a try. Considering he was developing similar body built to Patrick Viera which is rear among Kenyans, Victor decided to give football a try with his parents supporting him under the condition that he must finish his secondary education. Despite his elder brother first going into football, his parents believed the career had no future and guarantee within the country.

Wanyama upon receiving advice from his parents and with financial support of his brother went on to attend 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.

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: The Miracle

A miracle first came to his family when Wanyama elder brother McDonald Mariga got observed by Swedish scouts who took him to play for Swedish club Helsingborg. McDonald had similar stocky buildup like his kid brother, Victor and their Swedish club loved it. Below is the difference between Victor (left) and his big brother (pictured right).

After finding no replacement for Mc Donald, and having being informed of the potentials of Victor Wanyama back in Kenya, they sent scouts to come pick him up in Kenya.

Victor Wanyama’s first moved to Europe came in 2007 when he joined Swedish club Helsingborg in 2007 where his brother, McDonald Mariga played football. After the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Serie A side Parma in 2008, Wanyama returned to Kenya for a little break. During this period, his transfer was being initiated to Beerschot A.C. of Belgian League. He stayed there for two seasons before moving to Scottish giants, Celtics.

Wanyama arrived at Celtic as an unknown commodity. The first team had been lumbering in past seasons from bringing in ‘men of steel’ who were supposed to give the side some gravitas and instil some fear into the opposition.

Hitting the ground running, Wanyama came into the Celtic squad which was already overburdened with midfielders with some wondering why he was bought. From early on, he commandeered the midfield and at some point thought of moving to a more recognized league. After much speculation and a previous breakdown in talks, on 11 July 2013, Wanyama signed for Premier League side Southampton for a fee claimed to be £12.5 million, making him the first Kenyan to ever play in the Premier League. The rest, as they say, is now history.

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Favorite Quote

“The feeling I got after the goal against Barcelona was just unbelievable! I’ve never felt anything like that in my life. It was better than sex. We didn’t celebrate the win in any particular way. I drank an orange juice, that was quite enough.”
Wanyama to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad after the 2-1 victory v Barcelona (he scored a goal) (Nov 2012)

“I made the right decision to join Celtic. They are a family club, where I can develop in the best way. I’m happy at Celtic.”
Victor Wanyama (Nov 2012)

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Rage

Victor Wanyama sometimes lacks the Intelligence to know when he does have to commit a red/yellow card offence especially in the area of keeping his temper in check.

And the had a message for any children dreaming of a similar rise. He added: “Now there are a lot of other kids watching the Premier League on TV hoping they can be here when they grow up. I think I’ve set a good example and shown it can happen. When I go there I try to encourage the young kids and tell them to believe and work hard so their dreams to play in the Premier League might happen. They should believe in yourself as anything can be done.”

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: An Actor

In 2015, Wanyama participated in the production of a short film about soccer in Kenya called Mdudu Boy, written and directed by actress Ella Smith.

Also, he has been a starting actor in the short film of “Lion of Muthurwa”. This is an inspirational film on his football journey from the slums to international football stadiums.

More recently, Wanyama has participated in the production of a short film about soccer in Kenya called Mdudu Boy, written and directed by actress Ella Smith.

Victor Wanyama Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Message To Kenyan Kids

During his moments at Celtic FC, Wanyama influenced Celtic Charity Funds, a charitable arm of Celtic FC to visit Kenya. The charity is committed to supporting ramie relief effects in Africa.

And he hopes his journey from the outskirts of Nairobi to top-flight English football can inspire other kids.

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  1. Comment: Wanyama Is A Good Footballer And We Kenyans Are Proud Of Him.May Jah Blez Him As He Inspires Us By Gvng Us Motvational Support 2wadz Rchng Him.Congratz Bro Vicky.2ko Nyuma Yako Sie Mayouthz Wa Kenya.Kp On Kutufungulia Njia Wth Tym Tuunde Kenya Ndogo Ktk Mji Wa Uingereza.


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