Former Nigerian international Jay Jay Okocha is in the country for the Barclays Kenya Open Golf Challenge, where he made a guest appearance earlier this week.
According to Okocha Wanyama’s success is bound to open more doors for Kenyan footballers who are determined to make it to the international level.
“Wanyama is really representing the continent and as he grows he is opening new doors for upcoming players,” said Okocha.
However Okocha noted that for junior players to gain more Football Kenya Federation has to create enabling environments.
The 43-year-old retired footballer who had spells with top European clubs like Frankfurt, Bolton Wanderers, PSG and a host of others visited the East African country for the Ready to Work programme where encourages university students.
“The Federation has to keep a structure in place to enable more players capitalize on such opportunities,” he said.
Wanyama is having an excellent season at Tottenham Hotspur where he plays a crucial midfield role for the North London club who are second on the English Premier League standings with 10 matches to go.
However Okocha believes there is no rivalry between Nigeria and Kenya’s Harambee Stars but jokingly said just the same way athletics is big in Kenya, football is a religion for the West African country.
Okocha revealed that lack of proper structures in Africa has dragged the continent behind, contributing to poor performance by the national teams.
Okocha is in the country for the Barclays Kenya Open Golf Challenge, where he made a guest appearance earlier this week.