Kenya’s national football team captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama has been appointed as the United Nations (UN) Habitat Goodwill Ambasadeur.
This is Wanyama’s third ambassadorial role in less than three years after serving as Safaricom Limited’s brand ambassador in 2017 and DSTV 2018 FIFA World Cup’s ambassador.
Wanyama who features for Montreal Impact coached by World Cup winning star and Arsenal legend Thirry Henry in the Major League Soccer (MLS) was unveiled as the UN-Habitat Goodwill Ambassador in Nairobi in Tuesday, January 12th, 2021.
As the Goodwill Ambassador, Wanyama will advocate for sustainable urbanization, particularly adequate shelter, reconstruction and recovery and youth empowerment, helping UN-Habitat to address urban challenges and advance sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace.
The United Nations has a tradition of enlisting the volunteer services and support of prominent individuals from the worlds of art, sport, literature and entertainment to highlight priority issues and to draw attention to its activities.
Asked about his new ambassadorial role, Wanyama, whose Victor Wanyama Foundation, has been doing a lot of charity work in the informal settlement as well as supporting needy-bright students said his new role is “more important because it is something that I have been before.”
“I’m glad to have gotten this opportunity. I thank the UN for supporting me and the people in the ghetto. This is a great initiative that we are going to do together and hopefully make a big impact,” the footballer added.