The stock of Kenyan international and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama continues to rise after he bagged yet another recognition for his individual prowess at his club Southampton in the English Premier League.
Wanyama was one of four big winners at the Saints’ Garmin Player Awards gala dinner on Wednesday May 20th night, the bossy midfield anchorman taking home the President’s Choice Award.
“Receiving this award from Terry Paine is a big honour to me, given his legendary status at the club. Am a big fan of his and it’s a big surprise to get recognition from him,” said Wanyama.
Southampton Honorary President Terry Paine was on hand to give the 23-year-old the award, the Saints legend saying Wanyama stood out from a group of generally impressive players.
“Wanyama stumped his own personality and identity in the team. His total commitment and aggression has been very much a part of this team’s success,” he said.
“I pick Wanyama not because he comes from Africa or Kenya, but because he’s been outstanding. We have conceded only 31 goals this season, the same number as Champions Chelsea and that is mainly due to the shield he gives the back four,” added Terry.
Wanyama, who received a standing ovation from the gala night audience, has scored three goals in the Premier League for Southampton this season, his 40-yard scorcher in a 1-0 win against Hull City the highlight of the lot.
It is the fourth individual award that Wanyama has received in his career having won the English Premier League Player of the Month for September, the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month in December 2011 and the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Year for 2012-13 season.