Belgium national soccer team coach Marc Wilmots has named Divock Origi, son of former Kenyan international in his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup due to kick off in June in Brazil.
Origi is son to ex-Harambee Stars player Mike Okoth Origi who played for Harambee Stars at the 1990, 1992 and 2004 Africa Nations Cup. He also played for Shabana FC (current Tusker FC) in early 90s and also had stints in Oman and Belgium where he featured for one of the leading clubs Racing Genk FC.
Divock Origi, currently at French side Lille FC started his career at Racing Genk Youth Academy before signing for the French Ligue 1 side in 2010.
He has featured at all under age levels for Belgium including U-15, 16, 17, 19 and U-21s though the Kenyan FA in February 2013 showed interest in luring him to feature for Harambee Stars.
Nevertheless, Origi will have to compete with Everton’s Romelo Lukaku, Machester United’s Adnan Januzaj and Chelsea’s Edin Hazard among others for a starting berth on the team.
His inclusion in Wilmots’ squad seems to have ended all hope the Kenyans had in fielding their legend’s son.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels/ Silvio Proto
Defenders: T.Alderweireld, A.Vanden Borre, L.Ciman, V.Kompany, D.Van Buyten, T.Vermaelen, N.Lombaerts, J.Vertonghen
Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne and Adnan Januzaj
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallasghen