Mike Origi

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Mike Origi
Personal information
Full name Michael Okoth Origi
Date of birth (1967-11-16) 16 November 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Bondo, Kenya
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Shabana
1989–1991 Kenya Breweries
1991–1992 Boshar
1992–1996 KV Oostende 71 (11)
1996–1998 KRC Harelbeke 56 (11)
1998–2002 Genk 81 (20)
2002 Molenbeek 27 (10)
2002–2004 Heusden-Zolder 57 (9)
2004–2006 Tongeren 55 (25)
National team
1989–2004 120 Kenya (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael "Mike" Okoth Origi (born 16 November 1967 in Murang'a), also often referred to as Mike Okoth, is a retired Kenyan footballer. For the most part of his career he played as a professional in Belgium.

Club career[edit]

Origi played for Kenyan clubs Shabana and Kenya Breweries (now Tusker). In 1992 he moved to Omani club Boshar and three months later to K.V. Oostende in Belgium. His most successful season was in 1998–99, when his club Racing Genk won the Belgian Pro League. In 2006, at the age of 38, he was still active, although in a low-division league.

Origi was known in Belgium for being a calm football player; never complaining, never protesting and never injuring an opponent. Amongst the fans he was known for being very friendly and "normal".[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Origi was a regular player for the Kenya national team and played in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990, 1992 and 2004.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Origi is of Luo ethnicity.[1] His brother, Austin Oduor, was also a football player and a long term captain of Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League. His other brothers, Gerald and Anthony, also played for Kenya Breweries, the former in the mid '90s. His nephew Arnold is a goalkeeper for Norwegian Tippeligaen side Lillestrøm and the Kenya national team.

His son Divock played for the Genk U-15 team but signed for Lille in May 2010. He scored on his debut for the Ligue 1 side against Troyes on 4 February 2013.[2] He was selected to be part of the Belgium national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by former player and current manager Marc Wilmots,[3] and became the youngest Belgian player ever to score at a World Cup finals when he scored in the 88th minute of a 1–0 win over Russia to secure a spot in the knockout stage for the Red Devils.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robin Toskin (29 June 2014). "In footsteps of his father: Belgium star Divock Origi proud of Kenyan heritage, speaks Kiswahili and four Luo words". São Paulo, Brazil: The Standard. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Divock Origi scores debut goal in Ligue 1 - Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Adnan Januzaj included in Belgium's World Cup squad". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Belgium v Russia". BBC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Divock Origi's Late Goal for Belgium Defeats Russia". Bleacher Report. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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