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Origi aims to inspire Stars to Morocco


ARNOLD-ORIGINAIROBI, Kenya, May 28- Norway based and Harambee Stars first choice custodian Arnold Origi is ready to propel the side to the 2015 Afcon in Morocco as he returns for the second leg of their preliminary round qualifier against Comoros.

The Lillestrom shot stopper who missed the 1-0 win first leg in Nairobi due to commitments with his club joined the team in Tuesday’s training, a day before they depart for Moroni on a chartered flight.

“I feel happy to be back but I was watching on the sidelines although it was painful, I’m now fit and in good shape ready for the match.

“We have a chance of progressing to the next round because I think the days of winning by huge margin are over, Comoros is a good side we should be humble enough and give them the respect they deserve,” Origi who last played for Stars in June told Capital Sport after training at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.

“We won 1-0 in the first leg and kept a clean sheet so the pressure is on them they will be opening up and we can use that for our advantage since we have strength and speed.

“Pressure is on them but it’s not going to be easy since that’s how it is when you want to qualify in Afcon,” he added.

The shot-stopper is keen to play in the continental showpiece with striker Dennis Oliech and his deputy, Duncan Ochieng the only players in the current set up to taste Afcon action when the team qualified for the 2004 edition in Tunisia.

“Our dream is to qualify for Afcon, but it’s still along way ahead we have to take one match at a time, for now we are focusing on Comoros hope we do our best and progress to the next round,” he asserted.

Head coach Adel Amrouche dropped Oman based Jamal Mohammed and AFC Leopards keeper Wycliffe Kasaya but Oliech, the France Ligue 2 AC Ajaccio forward who was axed from the first team on disciplinary grounds trained with the squad.

Kenya will be carrying along a 1-0 advantage to the islanders and a draw will see them sail through to the second round where they will face either Lesotho or Liberia.

If they progress further, Group C that features 2013 Afcon finalists Burkina Faso, Gabon and Angola awaits.