Kenya custodian Arnold Origi: What inspired me against Uganda Cranes

The Norway-based ace reserved his best displays of his long career with Stars for the duel in Namboole after gathering motivation from a 'mouthful' immigration official
By Staff

Kenya custodian Arnold Origi has for the first time revealed the reason behind his splendid performance during the country's Afcon 2012 qualifier against neighbors Uganda in Kampala two years ago, and added that he hopes to produce the same, if not better performance against Nigeria on Saturday.

The Lillestrom FC (Norway) shot stopper reserved his best displays of his decade long career with the Harambee Stars for the duel at the Namboole Stadium, in which the hosts needed to win to ensure qualification to the African Nations Cup finals.

Two years down the line and ahead of the country's vital 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Calabar, the tough speaking 'Kenya One' says he gathered the motivation from a 'mouthful' Immigration official at the Entebee Airport.

"It was that woman at the airport," revealed Origi exclusively to, adding, "She looked at me, I was at the front of the queue and said, 'oh! you Kenyans have come here to lose as usual?"

"I was so upset I thereafter, decided to show her Kenya is a much better sporting nation that Uganda."

Origi, a first cousin to Lille FC attacker Divork, adds that his motivation to lock out the Nigerians is drawn on a similar incident.

"The Nigerians have looked down upon us, and not treated us well, the best way to revenge is on the pitch."

The Scandinavian-based custodian has been picked by Stars new coach Adel Amrouche to lead from the back in the vital game against the African champions. Stars will salvage their faltering 2014 World Cup campaign by avoiding defeat in this match.