Arnold Origi joins Norwegian second tier side Kongsvinger IL till end of season after moving on from another second tier side Sandness Ulf Photo - Kongsvinger IL
Club switch for former Kenyan keeper in Norway
By Patrick Korir | Thu 06 Sep, 2018 14:52

Former Harambee Stars top choice keeper Arnold Otieno Origi is now in the ranks of Norwegian second tier side Kongsvinger IL Toppfotball (KIL) till the end of the season.

Origi, capped 38 times for Kenya at all levels, crossed over from fellow Norwegian second tier side Sandness Ulf whom he joined in April on a two-year deal with the option to break the engagement after a year.

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It lasted just a few months as he left the club in winter after tying down 11 league games. His place at the club has already taken up by Nicklas Frenderup, 25, formerly of Florø and FC Egedal in Denmark.

He is in at Kongsvinger IL for Russian keeper Aleksey Gorodovoy who was recently ruled out due to injury.

"When the situation has become as it has been with Aleksey, we do not want to take any chances. We must have two keepers," says KIL-chef Espen Nystuen as quoted by the club portal.

"It is unclear how extensive the injury is, and for now it is uncertain and difficult to say anything about how long Aleksey is out," he adds.

Good keeper

Espen Nystuen further went on to confirm Origi's arrival and had this to say of the player, now 34.

"Origi is a very, very good keeper. I know him well from the time in Lillestrøm and he has a long time in Norwegian football. We know what we are getting and we are very pleased to get this solution in place."

Before joining Sandness Ulf, Origi had been at Lillestroem for five seasons but lost his place this year when he chose to go abroad for aborted trials at English Premiership side Crystal Palace, among other clubs. 

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Origi will now be contesting goal tending duties at KIL with first choice 23-year old German keeper Tobias Trautner and 17-year old Norwegian Andreas Medplass.

Kongsvinger IL, a club founded 126 year ago in 1892, is currently sixth in the 16-team division one log with 33 points from 22 match days, 13 behind leaders Aalesund whom they next face away in the league on Saturday 16 September.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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