By Dominic Toner
Victor Wanyama has been left out of Kenya’s squad to play DR Congo following talks with Tottenham, it was announced on Monday.
The Tottenham midfielder has not travelled with his national side and will miss the friendly match on Tuesday.
The Kenyan FA revealed that their captain had been omitted from the final 19-man squad and will remain with Spurs over the international break after discussions with Mauricio Pochettino-managed Spurs.
“Coach Stanley Okumbi, after consultation with Tottenham Hotspurs, has opted against calling up Harambee Stars Team Captain Victor Wanyama,” the statement read. “The decision was made in the player’s best interest, as the technical bench felt that it would not be in Victor’s best interest to play two matches in two continents in under 48 hours.”
Wanyama, 25, delivered a dominant performance on Sunday as Spurs beat Manchester City 2-0.
The Kenyan FA believe that playing two matches in just three days was too much to demand of the combative midfielder.
Jermaine Jenas labelled Wanyama as “immense” against Man City and he was a crucial factor in the club’s win against the league leaders.
The win means that Spurs are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season and they are now considered serious title contenders.
Wanyama moved to White Hart Lane from Southampton in the summer and has settled well.
He has made eight appearances for Spurs and scored the winning goal against Crystal Palace in the league.
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