Wanyama to battle Moses, Anichebe for November award


Harambee Stars captain, Victor Wanyama and Nigerian winger, Victor Moses have been shortlisted for the English Premier League African Player of the Month for November.
According to organisers of the New African Soccer, Chelsea’s Moses who won the award for October tops the shortlist again with Wanyama who plays for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur hot on his heels.
Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe of Sunderland who has been plagued with injury and poor form in recent years makes a surprise but deserved entry into the shortlist for the first time since the Award was formed two-and-a-half seasons ago.
The New African Soccer statement highlighted the achievements of these three Africans in a difficult month of November which was punctuated by long travel schedules in an international break of World Cup qualifiers’.
Wanyama first won the award in September 2015 when he beat Senegal striker Diafra Sakho to the gong when playing for Southampton FC.
“What swayed it in Wanyama’s favour was his overall team work and contribution, especially at what many thought would be a difficult time for his club, having lost many first team players in the summer,” the awards’ Director Tunde Adelakun said at the time.
On Saturday, Wanyama came head to head with Moses when Spurs travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a London derby where the Nigerian winger who has flourished under new Blues manager Antonio Conte scored the winner as the hosts came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory for the home side.
It was the first EPL defeat for Spurs and Wanyama this season and compounded a miserable week after their Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco on Tuesday.