The president of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) has congratulated Victor Wanyama for "making history by signing for Southampton" – even though a deal has yet to be confirmed.
On Wednesday, a source told ESPN that Celtic's Kenya international midfielder was closing in on £12 million move to the south coast.
KFF president Sam Nyamweya said: "As a federation, we are extremely thrilled with this move by Victor.
"Victor has been a role model to up and coming youngsters in the game, and we encourage them to emulate him.
"It is his sportsmanship and leadership qualities that led to the federation appointing him as [national team] captain. Every Kenyan should be proud of this move."
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino last week said his club had revived their interest in Wanyama, 22, after a deal seemed unlikely when he failed to agree personal terms.
The player has also been linked with moves to Arsenal and newly-promoted Cardiff.