After four years in the cold, keeper Arnold Origi is set to don the Harambee Stars jersey for the first time since 2016.
The 36-year-old last appearance for Stars came in March 2016 in an AFCON qualifier against Guinea-Bissau when Stars won 1-0 at home and lost with the same score-line in the return match.
The player who is eligible to play for Norway too due to dual citizenship chose Stars though and despite Stars having an array of keepers at their disposal, coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee recalled the keeper as he plots to down Comoros later this month in a two-legged affair.
Origi had been handed a call up by Ghost predecessor Francis Kimanzi for the friendly match against Zambia but didn’t turn up due to Covid restrictions imposed by his club.
Since his last appearance for the national team, Origi has played for four clubs in Lillestrom, Sandnes Ulf, Kongsvinger and his current station HIFK.
Origi finished his season with HIKF on Wednesday 4 November with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Lahti; his team finishing in position 8 with 29 points in the Finland top-flight league.
After finishing the season, Origi noted on his social media platforms: “Another season with lots of good memories as a goalie concludes. Extremely grateful for completing it injury-free, full of motivation and energy to keep on going and create even more good memories. Full focus now turned to mama land (Kenya) and Harambee Stars. Let’s finish the year on a high.”
But how did the Kenyan fair at his club this season?
Origi managed to clock 1889 minutes in the 2020 season with HIFK this translating to 21 games (all being starts). The player received three yellow cards and one red card keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
Another Kenyan in Sydney Lokale, who is with Origi at HIFK, didn’t manage a minute this season after undergoing surgery earlier in the year.
The Finnish league was won by HJK who amassed 48 points; seven more than second-placed Inter Turku.