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Kenyans Abroad: Goalkeeper Arnold Origi features for Lillestrom

Kenyans Abroad: Goalkeeper Arnold Origi features for Lillestrom

Origi website. follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond

By Otieno Otieno

With a crucial World Cup qualifying match against Africa champions Nigeria beckoning, Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche will be a delighted man that most of his stars abroad are getting quality playing time or winning titles.


Victor Wanyama was missing in action when Celtic thrashed Hibernians 3-0 in a Scottish Premier League match on Saturday which left the winners taking a 15 point lead in the standings compared to second placed Mothwerell.

The win pushed Celtic closer to another title this season and a place in next season's Champions League where they will be hoping to do better.

Wanyama was not used in the fixture having picked a red card last weekend which was his third send off since joining Celtic last year.


Since signing for Norwegian top side Lillestrom, number one goalkeeper Arnold Origi has found it tough to get playing time with first choice goalkeeper Nils Kenneth giving him a run for his money.

However, on Saturday, Origi had to be content to come on as a second half substitute when his side downed Molde 2-1 in a top flight fixture.

The Kenyan goalkeeper was left delighted by his debut and speaking to the club's official website, said his dream had come true.

" It  was fun to play. This I have dreamed of since I came to Norway, to play in the Premier League. It was also fun to make debut at Aker Stadium with 7,500 spectators in a great stadium," Origi added after the match.


Striker Dennis Oliech started for Ajaccio against Sochaux at Stade Auguste in a Ligue one match that ended in a barren draw on Saturday.

Oliech did not however, finish the match after he was replaced in the 71st minute by Johan Cavali. It was the first match Oliech played for his club since he was red carded on March 2.

Divock Origi, the son of former international Mike Okoth, was a second half substitute for Lille when the team beat FC Lorient 5-0 in another French Ligue one match. Origi came on in the 75th minute after his side had taken a comfortable lead.


Defender Lawrence Olum was an injury time substitute as his Sporting Kansas City side won 1-0 against DC United in an American Major League Soccer (MLS) match. Argentine forward Claudio Daniel Bieler scored the only goal with one minute to the end of the match.


While the two Kenyan clubs - Tusker and Gor Mahia - bowing out of continental football to Egyptian sides, two internationals Humphrey Mieno and Jockins Atudo were in the Azam line up as the team cruised to the second round of the Caf Confederations Cup on Saturday.

Azam were held to a barren draw by Liberian side Barrack Controllers but it was still enough for them to go through as they had won the first leg 2-1 two weeks ago. Azam remains the only side in East Africa still in contention for honors in continental football.

Azam will face Far Rabat, Morocco’s army side, in the next stage in two weeks time.

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