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Williamson returns Origi to Stars fold

Lillestrome keeper, Arnold Origi has been included in Harambee Stars foreign based list. PHOTO/File

Lillestrome keeper, Arnold Origi has been included in Harambee Stars foreign based list. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, August 12- Norway-based first choice keeper, Arnold Origi is among the 17 foreign based players called-up by Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson, for the second 2017 AFCON qualifier against 2012 winners Zambia in Nairobi.

Origi missed the 1-1 opening draw away to Congo Brazzaville after his invitation letter to Lillestrom from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) arrived late and joins a list that includes record scorer, Dennis Oliech and defensive midfielder, MacDonald Mariga whose recalls to the side were earlier confirmed by the Scot.

In the run up to their departure for Congo, it emerged Stars would not have their first choice keeper, Origi in goal with reports initially claiming he had ditched Kenya for Norway where he plies with his trade with Lillestrome.

The custodian came out to fray FKF for denying him a chance to feature in the game after sending the release letter to his Norwegian club late.

“But this is not the reason for my absence for this important game. The reason is that the letter to ask for my release from my club was sent very late and therefore, my club just simply said no.

“I tried pleading because that was the only thing in my power to do but there was no chance and I don’t think there was ever going to be a chance of them releasing me for the game,” the keeper said in a lengthy statement at the time.

“Well done boys. Deserved point away from home. You did what was required, to get something from the game. You should be proud,” Origi wrote on his official Twitter account after the team held Congo to catapult Kenya to top of Group E after Zambia and Guinea Bissau played to a barren stalemate in Lusaka.

Other members of the squad, according to FKF chief executive, Michael Esakwa, will be released later ahead of the September 6 clash against the Chipolopolo in Nairobi.

“The coach has given the preliminary list of foreign-based players within the 15 day window so that we can communicate to their clubs for their release,” Esakwa is quoted in FKF’s website.

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“The entire list will be released in due course but we just had to ensure that no player in the coach’s plans is unavailable due to late notification to their club.”

Captain and EPL side midfield lynchpin, Victor Wanyama, a younger sibling to Mariga will lead the foreign cast with US-based defender, Lawrence Olum also earning a recall.

Cecafa Kagame Cup champions, Azam FC striker, Allan Wanga, who is currently mourning the demise of his mother and South Africa PSL side Amazulu’s Paul Werem who has not seen action after his mooted loan move to local champions Gor Mahia collapsed are also in the line-up alongside defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’.

Others are Zambia-based David ‘Calabar’ Owino, Jacob Keli, Ayub Timbe and Anthony Akumu as well as South Africa-based defender Brian Mandela. Clifton Miheso and Johanna Omollo are also included.

“We are aware that some of the players may have picked injuries but we are hopeful that they can be ready for the match by the time September 6 approaches but the final word and choice rests with the coach.

“He (Williamson) will release the list of locally-based players by next week so that the squad is complete to report to camp on (August) 31st,” the federation CEO added.


Arnold Origi – Lillestrom (Norway)

Brian Mandela – Maritzburg United (South Africa)

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David Owino – Zesco United (Zambia)

David Ochieng – Al Tawoon (Saudi Arabia)

Lawrence Olum – Malaysia

Macdonald Mariga – FC Parma (Italy)

Paul Were – Amazulu (South Africa)

Ayub Timbe – SK Lierse (Belgium)

Clifton Miheso – VPS FC (Finland)

Anthony Akumu – Al Khartoum (Sudan)

Victor Wanyama – Southampton FC (England)

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Johanna Omollo – Royal Antwerp FC (Belgium)

Dennis Oliech – Al Nasser (Saudi Arabia)

Jacob Kelli – Nkana Red Devils (Zambia)

Allan Wanga – Azam FC (Tanzania)

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  1. Kwessi Pratt

    July 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Election date has always been March 4, 2013. Only Raila and his folks were attempting to raise ever-nonsensical no-consultation flag. Kenyans need to be extremely careful since the wounded merchants of deceit are likely to take one final kick that might prove fatal. Even this saga at IEBC has all markings of deceitful merchants’ attempt to delay elections. Thats essentially to afford them time to re-invent themselves. Miguna’s book was certainly a near fatal blow. Thats why some fellows are claiming that Kenyans dont read and using that as false solace! Even fake opinion polls have been brought on board, blatantly ignoring the law. Incidentally, those who have lost alot of support across the country, are supposedly the only ones with even better chances of winning the presidency! These are desperate attempts to confuse Kenyans. Nevertheless, Kenyans are alot wiser now than ever before.


      August 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

      @facebook-100000996986819:disqus it seems according to you everything wrong that is happening in this country is Raila…raila this raila that…till you forgot akina martha karua and peter keneth were not for next year..but nooooo raila this raila that…lollest…eish…you really sound like a very bitter man…

      • Kwessi Pratt

        August 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

        @NATLINDA: Of course, I havent forgotten anything pal! Only that am after those who went to parliament and lied that there was no fixed date for the polls. And if bitterness is about telling the truth, I must be pretty a bitter man. Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth are currently fridge candidates. You therefore should not expect us to go for small fish. I also noticed that when Madam Karua was screaming horse about the December date, her rating in fake opinion polls went up! The implication is that either she was doing so on behest of somebody, or she knew how to increase her rating in these worthless polls.

        Hon. Peter Kenneth is a decent man. He only put it the way he saw it. However, being a young politician, the chances are that he was taken in by impatience. But what about this Raila of yours? He is ever confused and hardly follows the script. His love for sentimental matters of prestige is truly legendary!

  2. Boiyot

    August 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

    So we’ll have elections 60days after the expiry of this parliaments current term; the constitution says we should have it in August; my question is, what is going to happen to the next parliament? Will they also disregard the constitution and serve until their term ends or they’ll agree to go for re-election in August? Or are we going to change the constitution to guarantee everyone of them gets their ‘rightful’ 5years of eating!
    No one seems to want to address that issue…

    • Kwessi Pratt

      August 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

      @ Boiyot: First things first pal! Already we are having problem in sorting out whats on the table and you still have luxury of time to think about the next plate?!

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