Origi joins Harambee Stars camp

By alex wafula
Sep 05, 2021
  • Arnold Origi at a past training session with Harambee Stars.(Photo:SNA File)

Bobby Williamson, the Harambee Stars coach has a full-strength camp after Norway-based goalkeeper Arnold Origi and Sudan based Antony Teddy’ Akumu joined camp just two days before the crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia on Sunday.

Origi who missed the first group match away to Congo in June trained with the rest of the squad on Friday evening and expressed optimism the team will do well against Zambia.

“The morale and mood in camp is so good and I am optimistic we will do well. I am happy to be back in the team and hopefully we can get all the points at home against Zambia. They are a tough team because of their pedigree noting they were the champions in 2012 but we believe in ourselves,” Origi noted.

The goalkeeper also lauded the presence of captain Victor Wanyama and forward Dennis Oliech, mixed with a number of young talent and says the blend will be key in guiding the team to qualifying for the African Nations Cup.

The team will conduct a final light session on Saturday morning with the visitors, Zambia expected to train in the evening.

Williamson is expected to name his final team on Saturday but admits he will face a huge task because he has the strongest squad. “Everyone is working hard, everyone is giving in an extra shift and we have to do well and I am optimistic we will get the result we desire,” Williamson added.

Zambia arrived on Friday and ared ue to train at the Nyayo Stadium on Saturday evening.

Draw released for Super 8

Elsewhere the draw for this year’s KPL Top 8 tournament has been released. The first match of the tournament which involves teams which finished within the first eight positions in the preceding season will see last year’s finalists facing off.

Two time winners Tusker FC will take on AFC Leopards, the team they beat in the final 2-1 last year at the Kinoru Stadium.

In the other matches, 2012 champions Gor Mahia take on Muhoroni Youth, 2011 champions Ulinzi Stars take on Sony Sugar while Sofapaka take on Chemelil Sugar.

The fifth edition of the tournament will see the matches spread throughout Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa and Machakos with the final scheduled for the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

“We want the game to reach as many people as possible and that is why we have ensured we spread the games across various venues,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda said after the draw.

KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier noted that this will be a chance for teams to use players who don’t get much playing time in the league as well as giving team’s more experience.

Winners of the tournament walk home with Sh1million while KPL takes care of all travel, accommodation and allowances for the eight teams. Also, for the first time the top scorer will be awarded this season.

At the same time, KPL have announced they will not be holding the annual KPL Under-19 tournament as they have not secured sponsorship. Oguda hinted that KPL are looking for sponsors for both the KPL Top 8 and the Under-19 tournament which he promised will be held next year.