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