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Origi gutted to miss Lesotho tie

16 July 2014, 10:51

Nairobi -  First choice Kenya keeper, Arnold Origi, on Tuesday expressed disappointment at being ruled out of his nation's first leg second round 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Lesotho on Sunday.

Origi will not be part of his country's quest to gain an advantage in Maseru after his Norwegian club, Lillestrom, declined to release him, saying the fixture fell outside the international FIFA calendar and they were not obliged to honour his call up.

"Really disappointed to be missing this weekends ACN qualifier, " the custodian wrote on his official Facebook account on Tuesday.

"We sent all the invitations and necessary requirements to our foreign based players, including Origi who will not be available after his club declined to release him since their league is still on," he said.

"Apart from him, all the foreign based players are expected to link up with the squad today," a source from Football Kenya Federation told local website Capital Sport.

Suspended head coach, Adel Amrouche, who is set to miss both ties against Lesotho unless continental body Confederation of African Football (CAF) lift his sanction, has barred officials from divulging team details to the press.

In May, the team known as Harambee Stars were forced to play without Origi in the first leg of the preliminary round qualifiers against Comoros in Nairobi for similar reasons.

In Origi's absence, Bandari keeper Wilson Obungu is likely to take charge with Gor Mahia's Jerim Onyango deputising and AFC Leopards' Wycliffe Kasaya slotting in as third choice.

Bandari defender Abdulatif Omar is the latest call up in the team that faced Burundi's Swallows late Tuesday. 

- Xinhua

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