Former Kenya international Mike Origi Okoth has emphasized that his son Divock ‘made the right move’ in choosing to play for Belgium at the expense of Kenya's Harambee Stars.
The Lille striker has been named by coach Mark Wilmots in Belgium’s 23-man squad that is set to hunt for ‘Red Devils’ first ever World Cup title at upcoming tournament in Brazil.
This development effectively ended the former Racing Genk forward’s chances of donning the red, white and green colours of Harambee Stars. According to Fifa rules, Origi - who featured for Belgium's youth teams at all levels - will give up his option of playing for Kenya the moment he steps on the pitch to earn his first senior cap for Belgium.
“The young boy's decision (to go to the World Cup) is not in any way a loss to Kenya. He was born here (in Belgium),” Mike Okoth, who won Belgium's Jupiler league with Racing Genk in 1999 during his expansive playing days, told Goal in a phone interview from Belgium.
He added: “Kenya has great talent that only needs to be sourced and nurtured. With this even qualification to the World Cup will not be a problem.”
Divock's father also went ahead to discuss prospects of his 19 year-old son, who was called up as replacement for injured Christian Benteke, shining at World Cup.
"Divock has had a very successful campaign. I am certain if given an opportunity he won’t disappoint,” Mike talked of his son, who has bagged five league goals in the twin attacking role in the French Ligue 1 alongside Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou.
Divock now earns his place in a star-studded squad alongside Chelsea’s Romeu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, with Manchester United forward Adnen Januzaj completing the attacking quartet.