Will Mourinho keep Kenya’s Wanyama?
BY AFRICABET STAFF
THE resumption of English Premiership action this weekend following an international break has taken an intriguing twist with the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager.
To Kenyan football fans, the immediate question that arises following Mourinho’s arrival at the North London club is quite obvious: what is the future of Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama?
The Kenya skipper – who recently starred for his country in two draws with Egypt and Togo in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers – has remained tight-lipped on his future with Spurs.
But the arrival of Mourinho following Mauricio Pottechino’s sacking will now revived speculation over whether the 28-year-old midfielder will stay at the London club beyond the current season.
Wanyama has been linked with a move to Belgian side Club Brugge, possibly as replacement for Zimbabwean Marvelous Nakamba – who moved to the Premiership to join Aston Villa at the beginning of the term.
In fact, Wanyama nearly joined Brugge when the season started, but the deal fell through.
The Kenyan star has not been enjoying regular action at Spurs, with a recurring knee injury making matters worse for the Harambee Stars kingpin.
Spurs will play their first game under multiple-winning coach Mourinho away to fellow Londoners West Ham on Saturday in the first fixture of the Premiership return.
Meanwhile, the pick of the crop this weekend is the clash between third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Manchester City.
Rejuvenated Chelsea will travel to the Etihad to face the defending champions, who have blown hot and cold so far this season.
Both clubs are considered to be the only sides capable of preventing red-hot and table-topping Liverpool from lifting their first league title in 29 years.
So Saturday’s meeting will be a big test of character and willpower for both sides – perhaps a pointer to the two’s title credentials.
Saturday: West Ham v Tottenham, Arsenal v Southampton, Everton v Norwich City, Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Watford v Burnely, Bournemouth v Wolves, Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester, Manchester City v Chelsea.
Sunday: Sheffield United v Manchester United.
Monday: Aston Villa v Newcastle United.