Harambee Stars have been hit with a huge blow after top goalkeeper Arnold Origi ruled himself out of Sunday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho owing to club commitment.
Origi confirmed in his official facebook account that he will not be able to travel for the crucial fixture scheduled for Maseru. “Confederation of African Football (Caf) should seriously think on how they plan and set-up their fixtures.
“It's difficult to be released for games outside the dates set by fifa for international matches. Really DISAPPOINTED to be missing this weekend’s Afcon qualifier.”
Origi also missed Kenya’s first leg fixture against Comoros Islands in Nairobi owing to similar issues and Bandari goalkeeper Wilson Obungu was between the posts in the match Harambee Stars won 1-0.
Origi however, returned for the second leg away in Moroni in the match Kenya drew 1-1 to qualify 2-1 aggregate and set up a date with Lesotho, who eliminated Liberia.
Earlier on Tuesday, Origi spoke to Goal in an exclusive interview and called on his team-mates to be positive ahead of the fixture against Lesotho. He urged fellow players to think about how they are going to edge out the Southern African country which he admits are a good side.
“Our chances of going through are as good as theirs and as players we must be positive and think about how we can navigate past them. They are a good team who will be looking for an advantage at home to try and make it difficult for us in the return fixture.”