English Premier League’s Aston Villa in Fresh Bid for Victor Mugabe

Victor Wanyama Mugabe could well be on his way to Aston Villa, if the English Premiership side’s offer for the Belgium based Kenyan international is accepted by both player and club.

Aston Villa’s new boss Alex McLeish has made a move for the defensive midfielder, who has also been strongly linked with a move to Celtic, newly promoted EPL side Swansea and Standard Liege.

19-year-old Mugabe, a younger brother to Inter Milan’s McDonald Mariga, is currently contracted to K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot, a team based in southern Antwerp, Belgium.

The Kenyan international joined the Belgium side in 2008, having plied his trade in Kenya, which included stints at both Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards.

So far, he has made 11 official appearances for the national side, Harambee Stars, playing in all six of Kenya’s FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifiers.

His international debut was in May 2007, at the age of 15. It did not, however, reflect in his International Caps, as FIFA had not licensed the friendly.

In 2010, Mugabe’s elder brother, McDonald Mariga, failed to join Manchester City from Parma on a £7million move, after the Premier League club’s appeal for a work permit was rejected.

Mariga then went on to join Italian giants Inter Milan, winning the UEFA Champions league under the stewardship of then coach José Mourinho.


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