Kenya star Wanyama hails 'incredible year' after being nominated for CAF Award

The Celtic ace has been short listed for the Most Promising Talent Award whose Gala will be held on Dec. 20 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra

Kenya and Scottish giants Celtic FC midfielder Victor Wanyama admits this year has been 'incredible' after being nominated by Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the Most Promising Talent of the Year Award.

According to a press release from the official Caf website, Wanyama has been short listed alongside Senegalese striker Moussa Konate and Egyptian forward Mohammed Saleh for the prestigious Award whose Gala will be held on December 20 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.

“This is the year when I made the breakthrough. In the past everyone used to call me after a football match and asks me to work on this or all I receive after matches is congratulatory messages."

"I am still trying my best to improve all aspects of my game. I need to work on the consistency part. Also, I give thanks to my teammates, managers and administrators both at Celtic and Kenya team (Harambee Stars), for all the assistance and support they have accorded me,” the 21 year-old told

Salah who plies his trade in Switzerland scored three goals in four games at the London Olympics.

The other nominee Konate is currently attached to Russian side FC Krasnodar and made a name for himself after netting in each of the four games for his country at the Olympic Games including a brace against Uruguay.

Wanyama’s game and stature has improved tremendously since moving to the Scottish Capital from Belgian top flight club Beerschort fifteen months ago.

The heavily built defensive midfielder won the Scottish Premier League title last season, and the young player of the month in the SPL for December 2011. This term he has managed six goals in 12 appearances for his club, including a header against Spanish giants FC Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League match.

Besides the CAF award, Wanyama is also gunning for the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award (SOYA) in his home country.