Origi dad: Liverpool title win a ‘feat for Kenyans’

Origi dad: Liverpool title win a ‘feat for Kenyans’

Category : Football | Posted on 2020-06-29 By : HASSAN MUHAMMAD Image : Google


NAIROBI: Divock Origi's dad says it sounds like a 'dream' to witness his son win the English Premier League title.

 

Thursday's 2-1 Chelsea win over Manchester City assured the English club, and Belgian Origi, of the league title.

 

This was the Merseyside club's first league triumph in three decades. Origi was born in Belgium to Kenyan parents and later turned down the opportunity to play for the Harambee Stars in favour of the European nation.

 

And Origi's dad Mike Okoth, a former Kenya international, says his son's latest achievement on the pitch has been received with pride and celebrations in Kenya.

 

"In Kenya, the Premier League has been one of the most-watched competitions since we were kids. As a young boy growing up in Nairobi and Kenya, it was always our dream to reach there," said Okoth.

 

Okoth commenced his career with Kenyan Premier League clubs Shabana and Kenya Breweries, now known as Tusker, before moving to Belgium where he featured for Boshar, KV Oostende, KRC Harelbeke, Genk, Molenbeek, Heusden-Zolder, Tongeren.

 

"Unfortunately I was not able to win the league (during my career), but I am happy my son is representing me.

 

It is a fine feeling. It is like me winning the Premier League."

 

"I still remember in 1990 (when Liverpool last won the league), I was in Kenya. I had just signed for Kenya Breweries FC. So it's been a long long time waiting for their supporters and their people.

 

You can imagine their emotions and the feelings that the fans felt yesterday, and for me as a father."

 

"It's a great moment for me personally and for us as a family. We watched Chelsea play Manchester City at home with friends and family - social distanced, ofcourse," he added.

 

Origi, who is sparingly used at the club with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp's preference of Mo Salah and Saidio Mane in attack, now adds the league title to the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup Club medals he won last year.