Wanyama has made a bold statement ‘Silence is Betrayal’ in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Campaign

  • Kenya’s skipper Victor Wanyama has joins fellow footballers in the ongoing ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign to raise his voice concerning the death George, Floyd’s calling for equality and justice.

The campaign originated from George Floyd’s death who allegedly died in US Police custody almost two weeks ago and the event has led to global protests with footballers leading in the front line.

The 28-year old Montreal Impact star, says he can no longer keep silent amid the ongoing calls for Floyd’s family to be served justice.

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal. I stand for equality and justice,” Wanyama, wrote on his Facebook page.

Also, Michael Olunga, the Harambee Stars, and Kashiwa Reysol’s striker joined the online move by calling for respect for blacks.

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In a tweet wrote the Premier league, “The Premier League stands alongside all those who are opposed to discrimination in any form. There is no room for racism, anywhere,” that has moved many sportspeople to open up and join the online campaign against racism.

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Olunga in one of his tweets replying to the Premier League call for support of those in opposition to racism stated, ‘No Room for Racism’.

Kenyan striker Ronald Okoth was among the first athletes in the country who supported the footballers’ involvement in the push for justice for the slain American.

Okoth argued, “According to the United Nations Social Development Goals, the sport has an active role to play to help achieve those targets. Sport has been identified as one of the ventures that can effectively promote peace. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Thuram’s initiatives are perfect examples of how sports can be used to achieve peace.” 

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“Sport is a perfect tool to promote peace specifically in the context of the UN Social Development Goals. It is good for sportsmen to speak because the message will reach a lot of people,” Olunga added.

The support for the injustice shaped-up after Borussia Dortmund’s striker Sancho and Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach were the first high-profile footballers who celebrated their Sunday’s goals with moves that supported the justice for Floyd movement.

This bold move by Sancho and Thuram has ignited footballers to calling for an end to the injustice against blacks.

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