By Dennis Mabuka
Harambee Stars second choice custodian Duncun Ochieng says he is ready to step up and replace suspended Arnold Origi when Kenya takes on Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a World Cup qualifier slated for Nairobi on June 5.
Ochieng’, who turns out for 2009 Kenya league champions Sofapaka, says he has the experience and ability to take up responsibility during the decisive fixture against the Africa champions.
Kenya’s keeper one Origi, who plays for Norwegian top club Lillestrom, will miss the match through suspension having accumulated two yellow cards against Namibia and Nigeria.
“The absence of Origi is a blow to the team because of his experience and the feeling he brings in the dressing room."
"However, I am ready to step up if called upon because I have been his number two for some time now,” Ochieng’ told Goal.com.
“The fact that I have deputized him (Origi) for a very long spell shows my ability to take up his position incase he is not around.”
On Wednesday, Origi exclusively revealed to Goal.com that he was suspended for the Nigeria match.
"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.”"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 to deliver results."
France-based striker Dennis Oliech, will also miss the fixture on similar grounds. Kenya need to beat Nigeria to remain in contention for a place in the 2014 final to be held in Brazil. The two teams drew 1-1 away in Calabar.