It is difficult to create heroes from defeat it was once said but in Celtic FC star, Victor Wanyama, even Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi admitted he was a winner as Harambee Stars succumbed to the Super Eagles in their backyard on Wednesday.
Statistics will show the teams have clashed 15 times in total, with Nigeria winning 12 and Kenya managing to draw thrice with the reigning African champions but Wanyama’s show of brutal energy in the middle of the pack was a tale by itself.
“We did not deserve to lose today, we were just unlucky. They caught us on the counter attack and scored but, the best team lost.
“It was a very important game and unfortunately we lost. We still have two games left and we can make it to eight points and take it from there,” the player who won admiration from all present said with tears welling in his eyes as Kenya’s World Cup hopes took a debilitating blow.”
“It was important because he is a very creative good player. If you give him the opportunity, he will destroy a team but it wasn’t just him, we took the whole team as a unit and made sure we lock them down.
“He is one of them, excellent player, I wish I can have him for Nigeria! Can I take him?” Super Eagles boss, Keshi, said amid laughter from the press pack majority who felt the pain Wanyama was going through at the time.
“We need all the important players. Today, I don’t think we were that bad and it was just a little bit of poor combination in front and finishing but the players did well. It was a bit down but we will work on it.
“We wanted to go out and win and we were caught, we always want to win and we did not plan to play for a draw,” the captain of the day added.