Kakamega Homeboyz forward Allan Wanga has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 33.
In a letter to media houses on Monday 8 July, the striker noted that after 12 years since getting his Harambee Stars debut, he feels the time is ripe to free space for other players.
Wanga’s last action for the Kenya national team came in the second – last of Harambee Stars’ qualifiers for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), against Ethiopia at Kasarani, coming on as a sub for Michael Olunga as Kenya went on to win 3 – 0 on 14 October 2018.
“For 12 years, I have had the singular privilege and great honour to represent my country on the football pitch.
“Together with the support of the team, the management and the fans at large, I believe I have represented my country to the best of my ability.
“It’s now time for me to pave way for other players who I believe will embody the spirit of Harambee as I trust I did.
“I wish the National Team the very best in their future endeavours and now transition from the pitch to the terrace as the team’s biggest cheerleader.
“I will now dedicate my time to my county Kakamega and my club.
“Thank you FKF, thank you Kenya for the decade plus of togetherness,” his statement reads.
Time at Harambee Stars
Wanga made his national team debut under coach Jacob Ghost Mulee in 2007 as Kenya lost 0 – 1 to Nigeria at Kasarani on 27 May of that year.
Born on 26 November 1985, he went on to earn 48 caps for Kenya and scored 12 goals.
The biggest highlight of his time at Harambee Stars will definitely be in the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge, when he guided Harambee Stars to win the tournament with two goals as Kenya beat Sudan 2 – 0 at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
At the back of a good campaign in the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season, Wanga was named in the provisional squad for both the 2019 AFCON finals and the 2020 CHAN qualifiers.
He was however dropped from the AFCON team ahead of the pre-tournament camp in France, which led to public outcry and with his retirement, head coach Sebastien Migne will have to find a replacement to the CHAN qualifiers’ team.