Don't Listen to them: Origi pens powerful message to Harambee Stars
Former Kenya one keeper Arnold Origi has sent out an encouraging message to the team as they prepare for recovery against Tanzania
Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi has penned a powerful encouraging message to the Harambee Stars players urging them to focus on the task ahead and forget the negative criticism.
The team lost to Algeria 2-0 in their opening match on Sunday in Cairo inviting a series of criticism from Kenyan fans most who poured their disappointments online.
"Guys the only thing that can limit You is You. Your relentlessness and tenacity. There might be negative voices in you, for sure there are negative voices from outside, as you guys might have registered. " He said.
"The ones in you might be shouting what if, You are not good enough? The ones from outside are for sure shouting that you are not good enough. But hey don’t let those voices, both from inside and from outside, the nay sayers, keep you planted in the plantation of fear and make u come to the end of this wonderful journey wondering what could have been. Not that you shouldn’t be afraid, fear is normal. It keeps u on your toes. But DO NOT let it stop you." he added.
"Be courageous. You’ve got everything you need in and within you, to do and achieve something that has never been seen or experienced in Kenyan football. U’ve shown that before. The only way you will be able to do that, is by not letting any negativity both from within and outside paralyze you. BE BRAVE. "
"Nobody knows better than you, what was broken and why it was broken. The hurt and disappointment of losing, the pain in having to do your restitution training after the game, with 0 points instead of 3 or at least 1 point. But hey, don’t feel sorry for yourself. Don’t dwell on the regrets. Fix what’s broken in the next two days, and on Thursday have a go at it again. Together with pride. Together with passion. Til the end. That’s how winning is done."
"There is a percentage of Kenyan football lovers out here that, genuinely support you no matter what and wishes you nothing but the best."
He concluded by urging the team to remain BRAVE for the nation ," DO IT FOR US. But if that may be difficult to motivate yourselves on, then always remember that, there is a group of Kenyans somewhere, who You know very well where they are or might be in the country, coz they bear your surnames and u are their heroes. BE BRAVE FOR THEM. DO IT FOR THEM."
Origi played for Kenya's Harambee Stars as one of the top goalkeepers for over 12 years.
Kenya will next take on Tanzania in an East African Derby in a match they must win to resuscitate their hopes of progressing to the next round.