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 49)
Place of birth [Nairobi. 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 Kenya 120 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael "Mike" Okoth Origi (born 16 November 1967), commonly referred to as Mike Okoth, is a retired Kenyan footballer. Initially playing as a goal keeper he converted to a striker at Shabana,[1][2] a position that he would feature in for both club and country.

He spent most of his professional career in Belgium and is the father to Belgian international footballer, Divock Origi.

Club career[edit]

Mike Okoth started his football career with Itierio Secondary School from where he was spotted by Shabana.[3] He would feature for Shabana in the Kenyan Super League and at continental level in the African Champions Cup.[4] In 1989 he would join Kenya Breweries (now Tusker).

In 1992 he moved to Omani club Al Boshar and after the Africa Cup of Nations K.V. Oostende of the Belgian Second Division.

He would experience success with Racing Club Genk winning the 1998–99 Belgian First Division and the 1999-00 Belgian Cup.

Mike Okoth would end his career in 2006 playing in the Belgian Third Division with K.S.K. Tongeren and later with Cobox 76.

International career[edit]

Mike Okoth earned his first international call up in the 1989 CECAFA Cup turning out for a Kenya 'B' team.[5]

He would represent the Harambee Stars in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990, 1992 and 2004.

Personal life[edit]

Mike Okoth is of Luo ethnicity.[6] His older brother Austin "Makamu" Oduor Origi was a defender and captain for Gor Mahia and the Kenya national football team. His younger brothers would also feature in the Kenya Super League, Anthony Origi for Kenya Breweries and Gerald Origi for Utalii FC.

Arnold Origi, his nephew and son to Austin Oduor is a goalkeeper for Norwegian Tippeligaen side Lillestrøm and the Kenya national team.

His son Divock Origi[7] played for the Genk U-15 team and signed for Lille in May 2010. He scored on his debut for the Ligue 1 side against Troyes on 4 February 2013.[8] He was selected to be part of the Belgium national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by former player and then manager Marc Wilmots,[9] 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 knock-out stage for the Red Devils.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retired star Mike Okoth speaks about his son Divock's love for Kenya - Nairobi News". Nairobi News. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Profile of Mike Okoth Origi". kenyapage.net. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  3. ^ Gisesa, Nyambega. "KPL: Shabana keen to restore lost glamour". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Head to head stats Kabwe Warriors FC (Kabwe), Zambia - Shabana FC (Kisii), Kenya". wildstat.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Profile of Mike Okoth Origi Kenya Page Blog". kenyapage.net. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Dreams from Origi's father come true". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  8. ^ Divock Origi scores debut goal in Ligue 1 - Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Adnan Januzaj included in Belgium's World Cup squad". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Belgium v Russia". BBC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Divock Origi's Late Goal for Belgium Defeats Russia". Bleacher Report. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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