Origi returns as Ghost Mulee names Harambee Stars Squad

Origi returns as Ghost Mulee names Harambee Stars Squad

Fondly referred to as Kenya One, Origi has had the option of choosing to play for either Kenya or Norway after acquiring the citizenship of the latter in 2017.

Former Kenya international goalkeeper Arnold Origi has been named in the men’s national football team’s provisional squad for the two-legged Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros next month.

Origi, 36, last donned the national colours in March 2016 in an AFCON qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau when Harambee Stars won 1-0 at home and lost with the same score-line in the return match.

Fondly referred to as Kenya One, Origi has had the option of choosing to play for either Kenya or Norway after acquiring the citizenship of the latter in 2017.

The custodian will be vying for the three available slots in the final lineup alongside domestic league trio Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), Robert Mboya (Tusker), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars) and Zambia-based Ian Otieno (Zesco United). Origi plies his trade with HIFK in Finland.

The recently appointed head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named 13 defenders who include home players Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito FC), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks), Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia), Mike Kibwage (Sofapaka), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), Baraka Badi (KCB), Hillary Wandera (Tusker FC), David Owino (Mathare United). Others are Joash Onyango (Simba SC- Tanzania), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg in Sweden), David Owino (Zesco United), Eric Ouma of AIK, Sweden and Brian Mandela who is unattached.

The midfield has drawn nine players from the local league including AFC Leopards duo of Austin Odhiambo and Peter Thion’go and Sofapaka pair of Elli Asieche and Lawrence Juma. Others are Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna, Musa Masika (Wazito FC), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari) and Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz).

Africa-based midfielders are Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt) and Antony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa). Named midfielders playing in Europe are Ismael Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas- Spain), Eric Johanna, Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium) and Omondi (Jonkoping’s Sodra, Sweden).

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama who turns out for Impact Montreal in Canada and unattached duo of Ayub Timbe and Mathew Olake make 17 midfielders in the provisional squad.

Goal-scoring maestro Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan) headlines the striking department. He’s been named alongside Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars) and John Avire, whose move to Tanta FC in Egypt attracted huge controversy.

Harambee Stars will come face-to-face with Comoros on November 11 in Nairobi (to be played under floodlights) and the return tie four days later in the Island nation.

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