Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has awarded scholarships to needy students joining form one in secondary schools after successfully sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Eduation (KCPE).
The scholarships were awarded to 13 students who sat for the 2020 Kenya Primary of Certificate of Education (KCPE) under the auspices of the Victor Wanyama Foundation.
They include Ashley Amajong (Precious Blood), Kamoja Miguel (Vihiga Friends High School), Nduku Nzilani (St Angela’s ), Caroline Mwihaki (Mahiga), Sharon Kwatero (Kisumu Girls), Okumu Omondi (St Charkles Lwanga), Valerie Musonye (Asumbi).
Others are Muchoki Wangeci (Buruburu Girls), David Odera (Agoro Sare), Vinjtor Atieno (Alliance), Farug Ali Sheikh Khalifa Binzayed Al-Nahyan), Tonnyface Kiprono (St Patrick’s Iten), Brighton Ondego (Musingu).
Thirteen-year-old Brighton Ondego is also a beneficiary of the scholarship and is eager to follow in the footsteps of the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and become a professional footballer. Born and bred in Kawangware, Ondego is joining the 1984 Kenya national secondary schools football champions Musingu.
“I come from a very poor background with my mum as the sole breadwinner. She would not have afforded the fees and therefore the scholarship from Wanyama is a life changer for me. I really want to become a footballer like him (Wanyama) and I am working very hard to achieve the dream,” Ondego, who plays for lower-tier side Bristol City in Kawangware slums, says.
Wanyama has committed Sh25 million to the foundation’s initial activities that include the scholarship, setting up of the Victor Wanyama Academy base in Busia as well as other activities that will be rolled out soon.