Arnold Origi pens emotional message after leaving Norwegian club

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The statement obtained by Goal has confirmed that the player will not be part of Lillestrom squad for the upcoming season

Former Harambee Stars custodian Arnold Origi has bid farewell to Norwegian club Lillestrom FC in an emotional statement.

The statement obtained by Goal has confirmed that the player will no longer be part of Lillestrom squad for the upcoming season. “Every Story, Every adventure has and must have an ending.

"My story and adventure with @lillestromsk has come to an end. It's been a five year long adventure that has had its positives and negatives, the positives weighing more than the negatives.”

Origi, who in early December attended trials at Crystal Palace, has thanked the club for giving him the chance to play in the Norway league and also hailed the club’s followers.

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama and goalie Arnold Origi argue with match officials

  Arnold Origi turning out for Kenya's Harambee Stars

“I have had the best moments in my career as football player at this amazing and historic club. I have developed tremendously as goalkeeper with the help of the amazing goalkeeper coaches that I have had the privilege of working with at the club.

“The passion of the clubs proud supporters’ @kanarifansen helped me develop a passion for winning football matches like never before. Something that has for sure played a huge part in my development as player, a passion that will for sure stay with me until the end.

“My dream and ambition after that was to achieve and experience something great with the club and the supporters, and got to experience that in my last game with the club by winning the Norwegian FA Cup and my first medal as a professional football player, making the ending of this story a happy one.”

Origi comes from a sporting family. His father Austin Oduor is a former Kenyan international, who also played for Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Origi began his playing career at Mathare United before joining Tusker FC from where he went to Norway to begin his professional career.

HD Divock Origi Liverpool

   Arnold is the cousin to Divock Origi of Liverpool

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Last August, he shocked the country when he retired from international football and also ditched his Kenyan citizenship. He had been the Kenyan number one goalkeeper for 12 years.

With Norwegian rules allowing him to take up citizenship after staying in the country for seven consecutive years, Origi opted for this route. He further could not take up dual citizenship as Norwegian laws do not allow for this.

Kenyan laws, however, allow for one to take up dual citizenship. Origi, the cousin to Divock Origi of Liverpool but on loan to Wolfsburg in Germany, could however, not reveal his next destination.

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