Security concerns and lack of suitable field to host a football tournament are the reasons why the inaugural Under 16 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup will be hosted in St. Mary’s High school.
Speaking at the launch of the two day football tournament the founders Kenyan International and Tottenham Midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama said that the Charity Cup will be held annually in all 48 counties from 2019 with the finals held in Nairobi.
The tournament aims to sensitize the youth on the importance of investing into a healthy lifestyle focusing on key pointers like health, nutrition, and education, as a way of developing professional careers that attain longevity.
Flanked by his brother McDonald Mariga who plies his trade with Spanish outfit Real Oviedo the duo said that they also aim to nurture the budding stars to focus on both talent and education so that they have a fallout plan when they retire from the game.
Among the sponsors of the event include the National Hospital Insurance fund, Roya Entertainment, KICC, Safaricom and Coca-Cola.
Born on 25th June 1991 Wanyama started his rise to footballing greatness in the streets of Muthurwa in Nairobi featuring for Countryside FC.
He attended Kamukunji 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.
In 2007, he joined Allsvenskan club Helsingborg but after the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Serie A side Parma in 2008, Wanyama returned to Kenya.