Origi:We must beat Angola

Mar 22, 2011

Moss Fk goalkeeper Arnold Origi says Kenya must beat Angola on Saturday or forget about qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Origi who is back in the team after a long lay-off says victory on Saturday will get Harambee Stars back on track.

“It is a very important match for us and we need to win because it will give us four points taking us back on track for the Nations Cup,” he said.

Kenya has just one point from two matches having lost 2-1 to Guinea Bissau and being held to a barren draw by Uganda Cranes at home.

Origi hopes to be in goal on Saturday against Angola but revealed that it will not be easy to dislodge the other two goalkeepers who are also up for consideration.

“We have some very good goalkeepers and will make the competition for a starting place tough. I don’t expect to walk back into the team just like that,” he admitted.

He conceded that the injury he suffered in 2008 during a World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe has always affected his form since then and frustrated his efforts to come back to the team.

 “That injury really affected me because when it happened I was well on my way to the top. It is not easy to come back after staying out for a whole year,” he said at Nyayo National Stadium.

He did not honour last month’s call-up to play South Africa in an international friendly match.

“At the time I didn’t feel fit enough to be able to represent my country well. But now I am back at the top and ready to defend the team when called upon.”

Origi has been buoyed by a superb performance in the last one year where he was voted the top goalkeeper in the Norway second division league and hopes that with consistent international duty, he will be able to recover his previous form.

Apart from Origi all the other foreign-based players with the exception of Patrick Oboya joined the rest of the team and had their first training session on Tuesday morning.

Inter Milan’s Macdonald Mariga, Auxerre’s Dennis Oliech, Johanna Omollo (Luxenbourg), Victor Mugabe (Belgium) and Dennis Odhiambo (South Africa) have all arrived in camp.

 

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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