One on One with Kenyan International Arnold Origi. Year of Interview: 2011
KS: If the youngest brand of football fans in kenya were to ask who Arnold Origi is, what would be your response?
(Laughs) Arnold is just a hard working lad born and raised in eastlands Nairobi 26 years ago, easy going, loves what i do and always gives 100%.
KS: When did your football career begin? Besides Mathare United and Tusker FC what other local teams have you played for?
My career began in Dandora as a 9 year old, playing in the MYSA u-12 championships for young mighties and espanol. Other than Mathare United and Tusker FC I have also played for Ngara youth Pelico in the FKF division 2 and Pumwani sportive in the super 2 league.
KS: What are the lowest and highest moments in your football career?
That has to be first the horror against Eritrea at kasarani, but i think the lowest of all was my knee injury because I feel at that point just before the injury I was on the verge of getting to a very high level as goalkeeper so that together with a series of other small frustrating injuries kept me out of the game for almost a year effectively derailing my progress. The highest point has to be my first three caps for the national team. The feeling and the experience was and still is priceless.
KS: You are one of if not the finest goalkeepers the current generation of kenyan fans have seen, do you think you could reclaim Harambee stars number 1 Jersey?
(Laughs) ... Thank you for that! Absolutely.. I have no single doubt in my mind that am going to be back between the sticks for the national team very soon.
KS: What does it entail to be the first choice goalkeeper at Moss FK?
Hardwork and sacrifice. You have to work hard a lot and sacrifice maybe time to talk with friends and family back home to have an extra session.. Here African Goal Keepers have a very negative reputation so you have to be at your absolute best in every match because one or maybe two bad games and that could be you watching the rest of the season on the bench.
KS: Your kenyan fans learnt with great disappointment late last year that Moss FK had been relegated to the second division. What would you attribute as the major cause of your teams poor performance?
Yeah It was sad and disappointing that we got relegated especially for the fans and the board because they had really worked hard to help save the team from going bankrupt. The Main attribute to that was that a majority of key players and the technical bench were lazy and were not committed. The players were not working hard in training and in matches and the coaches did not have the commitment and did not show desire to lead the team and help avoid relegation.
KS: Should we expect to watch you play Top division soccer with moss fk next season?
Absolutely.. Because I think that now we have got a coach who has the best mentality and has instilled a different working culture to the playing unit and is very committed.
KS: Do you think kenyan football has come of age? If yes what has changed? if not what should be changed?
The kenyan league is not of age yet but there is not a single doubt that quite a lot has changed and KPL is doing a super fantastic job. A lot still needs to be improved and this might take time so we maybe have to be a little bit patient with the conclusion that it has come of age. Unpaid or delayed salaries and allowances should be non-existence by now, I think also something can be done with the playing surface where the matches are being played because now it's only three that are in shape. but all in all KPL is doing a fantastic Job. It may take time but with the kind of effort being put in the league will one day be modern.
KS: Who among the kenyan goalkeeprs playing in KPL and out of the country would you rate as the best.
The Best Kenyan Goalies Playing in the kenyan league i would say Martin Musalia, Francis Ochieng and Wilson Oburu.
KS: During the Guinea Bissau match there was talk of a feud between Mariga and Oliech, is this true and might it have contributed to Harambee stars 1-0 loss?
There was no feud between Mariga and Oliech.. This was just a case of trying to find scapegoats for the loss..The only thing that can be attributed to the loss was bad preparation for the match and I think the whole nation saw how bad it was.
KS: Do you think kenya has realistic chances of qualifying for the 2012 African cup of nation?
The Chance of qualifying is still there. I think it is too early to give up or even start doing mathematics with the table. We just have to stay focused and just prepare and prepare well for the next game and take each game at a time.
KS: What is your take on kenya's recent poor performances.
Its quite a shame that we have got bad results lately. But quite honestly the team's management has been more than poor. I think we have a great side with massive talent but haven't been given much to work with and to be quite honest, I feel sorry for the fans because they have always been fantastic hoping that soon rather than later we will give them something to cheer about, but all that has ended up in heart aches.
KS: What is your Parting shot to upcoming footballers and Kenyan fans?
To all the upcoming players I always say this to them; Discipline combined with hard work leads to success nothing more. And to all the fans, you have been fantastic in support of the kenyan game and the national team. I appreciate your patriotism and so please do not lose hope, keep on supporting the team.