Kenya national soccer team Harambee Stars will not be in Brazil for the 2014 world cup, but a young footballer of Kenyan origin will be there to play at the FIFA World Cup tornament starting June this year.
Origi, now aged 19 years is the son of Mike Okoth -former professional football player who played for the Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars for many years as goalkeeper then as a striker.
Okoth scored many goals for Kenya in international matches during World cup qualifiers and played three times at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990, 1992 and 2004.
He led the national team to win several regional tournaments while still playing professional football in Europe.
Later he settled with his family in Belgium where his son Divock Origi was born on 18 April 1995. The teenage striker who is now a Belgian by law, started serious football at various academies chosen by his father, and has since featured at various age levels of the Belgium National team.
Divock began his career playing football at Racing Genk‘s youth academy, but signed for Lille in May 2010 where he has been playing for the club’s reserve team.
Origi has represented Belgium at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 level. He scored his first goal for the under-19 team in a 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualification match against Belarus on 12 October 2012.
The Football Kenya Federation has expressed interest in persuading Origi to play for the Kenya national team in the future.
Kenyans will be keenly following the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June and July, to see how young Origi will play for his second country, Belgium.