East African player to feature for Belgium in World Cup

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has included the son of a former Kenyan footballer in his 24-man World Cup squad that was named yesterday. 19-year-old Divock Okoth Origi might become the first Kenyan and East African to play in the World Cup next month.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has included the son of a former Kenyan footballer in his 24-man World Cup squad that was named yesterday. 19-year-old Divock Okoth Origi might become the first Kenyan and East African to play in the World Cup next month.

He is the son to former Harambee Stars of Kenya striker, Mike Okoth and nephew to current Harambee Stars goalkeeper, Arnold Origi. He is currently playing as a striker for French Ligue 1 team, Lille.

Origi was born in Belgium but his father is Kenyan.

The striker has previously played for Belgium’s under-21 side. Origi takes the place of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke who has been ruled out by injury. English giants Arsenal and Liverpool are both keen on signing Divock Origi.

Other big names included in the World Cup squad include Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, Chelsea trio Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois - the last two have been on loan at Everton and Atletico Madrid - Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen, Everton's Kevin Mirallas, Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen and Liverpool's Simon Mignolet.

Belgium is in Group H along with Fabio Capello's Russia, Korea Republic and Algeria.

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