Origi to miss Stars' trip to Congo, blames FKF

By alex wafula
Jun 10, 2015
  • Top goalkeeper Arnold Origi will miss Harambee Stars vs Congo game.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Harambee Stars kept a clean sheet in the Peace tournament in Rwanda.(Photo by Shutterspeed).

Arnold Origi, Kenya’s top goalkeeper will miss the AFCON qualifying match against Congo in Brazzaville on Saturday, apparently because Football Kenya Federation requested for his release late.

Sportsnewsarena.com established that FKF requested his Norwegian club Lillestrom for his release on Monday afternoon, less than a week to the match in Brazzaville.

Speaking after the team’s final training session on Monday afternoon, Bobby Williamson, the Harambee Stars coach explained the goalkeeper will miss the tie because his club has refused to release him and also, his documents were at the embassy in Norway as he wants to earn dual citizenship.

The coach was confident of getting a good replacement. However, in a tweet this evening, Origi appears toblame to the federation officials. He tweeted; “If someone in the federation wasn't sloppy I would be in Nairobi preparing for Congo. Shame they are covering up by giving out inaccurate info.”

The experienced shot stopper who has spent the last seven years of his career in Norway has never been shy to express himself and the latest info could unearth more disorganization within the federation.

The Norwegian league is currently ongoing and Origi would have been given leave at least five days to the match (Tuesday) had the request been made earlier. The keeper has been Lillestrom’s number one choice for the last three seasons. They are currently seventh on the standings and have won four out of their last five matches.

Harambee Stars leave for Brazzaville on Friday for the match set to be played on Sunday at 5:30pm Kenyan time.

The team will hold its final session on Thursday afternoon.

Full squad at training session

Coach Bobby Williamson who had a full squad on his second last session on Wednesday is hoping they can start the journey to the 2017 AFCON well with a good result against Congo. “I was very pleased with how we performed in Rwanda in the memorial cup and the best thing is that we kept a clean sheet in both matches. Going to Congo I am hoping we can put up the same performance and winning will be very key in our journey to AFCON,” he said.

“Of course Kenyans have waited for a long time to be in the competition and we have a chance to take them there now and we will take that chance with both hands. It is not an easy road but we will work hard and ensure we get that ticket. We have a good squad, experienced and young players who can do the job well,” he added.

In the absence of Origi, Boniface Oluoch who has kept nine consecutive clean sheets for Gor Mahia in the KPL could have a good chance of being named as goalkeeper. In the peace Cup, he played the second half of the match against South Sudan after arriving that morning from Gor’s KPL match against Tusker FC.

“I feel motivated to be back to the national team and if given the chance, then I will do my best.” Oluoch told sportsnewsarena.com.

Among the foreign based players in the Stars’ squad include Captain Victor Wanyama who plies his trade with Southampton in England, Ayub Timbe who plays for Genk in Belgium, Saudi Arabia-based David Ochieng, Allan Wanga (El Merreikh), Teddy Akumu (Al Khartoum), David Owino (Zesco United), Brian Mandela (Santos) and Francis Kahata (KF Tirana).