Wanyama reveals winning formula for Harambee Stars' 2026 World Cup qualification

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FOOTBALL Wanyama reveals winning formula for Harambee Stars' 2026 World Cup qualification

Festus Chuma 11:37 - 20.12.2023

Victor Wanyama offers hope for Kenya's 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification with his insights as the national team faces challenges.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has unveiled the secret strategy that he believes can propel Kenya to secure a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

With the national team facing an uphill battle after a disappointing loss to Gabon, Wanyama's insights offer a glimmer of hope for Kenyan football enthusiasts.

Wanyama's confidence in Kenya's World Cup prospects comes on the heels of a rollercoaster start to their qualifying campaign.

Harambee Stars experienced a setback with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Gabon in Franceville City. However, they bounced back emphatically with a resounding 5-0 victory over minnows Seychelles.

As the World Cup qualifying campaign prepares to resume in June next year, Kenya is set to host Burundi and Cote d'Ivoire.

Wanyama, who recently retired from international duty but later expressed his willingness to return under certain conditions, emphasized the importance of seizing opportunities in home matches to secure crucial points.

"Gabon was a big challenge, but the boys tried their best. Against Seychelles, they performed well, and we still have a chance to make it. The secret is to take advantage of home matches and maximize those points," Wanyama declared on Radio 47.

The 32-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, currently plying his trade with Major League Soccer (MLS) club CF Montreal, remains a viable option for the national team despite his previous retirement announcement.

Kenya finds itself in Group F alongside Seychelles, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Burundi, and Gabon in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Group winners will secure an automatic berth to the prestigious global tournament, while the four best runners-up from the groups will advance to the CAF play-off tournament, where one more spot is up for grabs.

Wanyama, revered as one of Kenya's most-capped players, boasts an impressive record of 64 international appearances.

Over his 14-year international career, he has made significant contributions to the national team, including scoring seven goals.

His last appearance in Harambee Stars colors was against Comoros on November 15, 2020, during their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Kasarani Stadium. 

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