The Lillestrom custodian reveals to Goal.com he has picked two yellow cards as confirmed by Fifa in a letter to Kenya FA and will therefore, miss Nigeria matchEXCLUSIVE
By Otieno Otieno
Norway-based Kenyan goalkeeper Arnold Origi has urged the country to move on without him after it was confirmed he is not eligible to play in the June 5 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Nairobi.
The Lillestrom custodian confirmed in an exclusive interview that he has picked two yellow cards as confirmed by World governing body Fifa in a letter to Football Kenya Federation on Friday.
"I can confirm that I was cautioned against Namibia and then against Nigeria. But this things happen and the country should learn to move on without me," he told Goal.com.
Origi said his absence should give another player a chance to start in goal and warned against the tendency of depending on a particular player.
"There are many other players in the team and they can do the job. We should avoid a situation where the team depends only on me or Dennis Oliech being there."
Oliech is also suspended for the Nigeria fixture after picking two consecutive yellow cards.
On Tuesday, Kenya FA Secretary General Michael Esakwa expressed doubts whether the two players were indeed suspended and revealed he had written to Fifa for clarification.
“We got a letter from Fifa on Friday informing us that two of our key players are suspended for the June 5 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.”
“However, according to our records this is not true because both players have not picked two yellow cards as claimed.”
“We remain confident that Fifa will confirm the same for us considering that both players remain important to our campaign in the qualifiers."