Allan Wanga has officially announced his retirement from active international football after being snubbed to represent Kenya in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 in Egypt.
The Kakamega Homeboyz striker has played for Harambee Stars for over 12 years.
“For 12 years, I have had the singular privilege and great honor 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,” Wanga said in a statement on Monday.
“It is 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 endeavors 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,” he added.
His retirement comes at a time when Football Kenya Federation is set to name a team of locally based players ahead of the CHAN Tournament qualifiers this month.
Wanga, 33, was omitted from the team that traveled to the AFCON by coach Sebastian Migne despite having been the league’s lead scorer at the time, sparking a huge debate over Kenya’s striking options at the tournament.
Allan Wanga was appointed to serve as a sports officer in the Kakamega County Government in 2018, becoming one of Kenya’s first active footballers to land such an influential high ranking government role.