Kenya’s undisputed No. 1 goalkeeper, Arnold Origi, has had his fair share of controversies with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) recently but the Lillestrom custodian has never been the type to tell it like it is.
With almost a decade of experience with the national team under his belt, the former Mathare United and Tusker goalie knows the Federation inside out, what they can promise and deliver or otherwise.
Origi missed Kenya’s 5-2 triumph away to Mauritius in the first leg of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier this past Wednesday after the federation failed to refund him his tickets costs totaling Kshs. 190,000. He pointed a finger at someone at the federation who didn’t want him to play in the match and is set to miss the return leg set for this Sunday.
Gor Mahia keeper Boniface Oluoch has been the next man in the queue lately and was in goal against Mauritius (see our Player Ratings from the Mauritius rout), putting in a relatively fine show despite failing to keep a clean sheet.
Origi happens to be a huge admirer of the man who dislodged club captain, Jerry Onyango, from the No. 1 slot at the 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions.
“The 22 clean sheets he (Oluoch) had this season just confirms the goalie that he is. I’m a huge admirer of Bonny and whatever he has achieved this season is no fluke,” Origi told Capital sports.
He continued: “Oluoch has it in him and has always had it. He is a top keeper and too good for the KPL in my opinion.”
Oluoch and his Gor Mahia team are unbeaten in the league this season and wrapped up a third consecutive league title last month and are gunning for two more; the GOtv and KPL Top 8 titles. He was named the goalkeeper of the tournament during the Cecafa Kagame Cup which Kogalo lost 2-0 in the final against Azam FC.
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