Kenyan football star Victor Mugubi Wanyama has reportedly acquired British citizenship, according to reports in the United Kingdom.
Wanyama, who plays for English club Tottenham Hotspurs, was issued with a British passport having resided in the United Kingdom for at least five years as required by the country’s immigration laws.
British newspaper Evening Standard reports that Wanyama, 28, delayed his move away from the London-based club in the January transfer window as sought British citizenship ‘but that situation has now been resolved.’
When contacted, Wanyama’s younger brother Harry Wanyama was reluctant to confirm whether the defensive midfielder had acquired a British passport.
“It’s a normal thing for a footballer to get British citizenship after playing or staying in the country for at least five years,” Harry told People Sport.
This means Wanyama is a dual citizen of Kenya and the UK. The passport will allow him to live and work in the UK and any other country in the European Union.
Wanyama is now keen to leave Spurs having fallen out of favor with head coach Jose Mourinho and could rejoin Scottish giants Celtic.
Wanyama, who captains Kenyan national team Harambee Stars, joined Celtic in 2011 before moving to Southampton in 2013 and Hotspurs in 2016.