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Stars keeper Origi denies reports of passport switch

Harambee Stars custodian Arnold Origi has blamed the Football Kenya Federation for his unavailability for the team’s opening round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo Brazzaville on Sunday.

The Norwegian based custodian took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to explain his absence in the team.

“If someone in the federation wasn’t sloppy, I would be in Nairobi preparing for Congo (Brazzaville). Shame they are covering up by giving out inaccurate info(mation).”


The Lillestrom keeper’s version of events highly contradicts that of Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson who claimed on Wednesday morning that the player was busy chasing after a Norwegian passport.

“To be honest, he (Origi) has an issue with his passport. He is trying to get a Norwegian nationality so that he can stay in Europe. His club never wanted him to come anyway,” Williamson was quoted by the media after the team’s Wednesday morning training session.

In Origi’s absence, Williamson is set to rely on either Boniface Oluoch, Wycliffe Kasaya or Ian Otieno in the high stakes clash in central Africa.

Meanwhile, all indications point to the fact that this could be the beginning of another war of words between the player and the federation.