Origi seals Finnish top flight move

Former Kenyan international Arnold Origi has sealed a move to Finnish top flight side Helsinfors IFK, after ending his stay with Norway’s Second Division side Kongsvinger IL .

Origi, 35, who has established himself in Scandinavia following his move to Norway in 2006, joins his former coach at Norwegian side Moss FK Tor Thodesen.

Thodesen confident

HIFK is silent on the length of the former Mathare United and Tusker FC keeper’s contract at the side but armed with good knowledge of Origi, Thodesen is confident Origi is a good catch for the side.

“I know Arnold well. He played under me at Moss FK for the season 2011. He is a determined person and a perfect professional who works hard in every match and practice .

“Now he wants a new challenge, and while there were other options available, he chose IFK and Helsinki because it was just the kind of challenge he wanted,” the coach said.

Big name

Origi remains one of the big names in Kenyan football even though it is three years since he last featured for the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars.

He tried out at Premier League side Crustal Palace last year but could not secure a deal at the London side. He has already rolled up his sleeves for this new challenge.

Good challenge

“This is a good challenge for me. I believe that playing at IFK will bring out my best. The team has a lot of passionate supporters, and it certainly puts a little pressure on it, but at the same time I believe it will motivate me to play even better,” Origi said.

After years playing in Norway, Origi acquired Norwegian citizenship in 2017.