Kenya’s first choice shot-stopper Arnold Origi has handed a timely boost for the annual off-season Koth Biro tournament by contributing cash prize towards the best goalkeeper award.
Origi, who plies his trade for the Norwegian side Lillestroem SK (LSK) gifted Ksh 10,000 for the most outstanding custodian in the ongoing competition which is in the final homestretch.
Speaking exclusively to Ghetto Radio Sports in Ngara, Origi who has previously played for Pumwani All Stars as well as Dandora in Koth Biro during his earlier days said the move is aimed at encouraging, motivating and supporting local keepers in the grass root level adding that the tournament’s consistency has been pivotal in nurturing talent.
“For a long time, I have seen that goalkeepers are somehow neglected in Kenya and the far I have reached today is by the blessings of God and the where I can I try to lift the position because it is a vital role in football,” the former Tusker and Mathare United keeper said.
“The goalies usually miss on tournament awards which are dominated by top scorers and strikers and so it is very important to also remember the keepers,
“By rewarding them, it motivates them to work extra hard and it makes their effort appreciated.” He added.
His stellar performance abroad during second season last year was climaxed when he scooped three top accolades in the Norwegian top flight where he was feted with the club’s Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year awards.
Koth Biro organizers led by Paul Ojenge thanked Origi for the support and assured that the best goalie will be awarded the prize when the curtains come down on the 39th edition of the tournament this Sunday January 10 at Umeme Sports Grounds.
On Sunday Morning the third place playoffs will see , Ziwani’s Opitos battle it out against improved Headquarters before the final showdown later in the afternoon , that is expected to be a mouth watering thriller where Mohamed ‘Curtis’ Zuberi’s Pumwani All Stars will seek to dethrone 1000 Street.
By Wycliffe Ojiambo