Kenyan legend Mike Okoth has revealed he feels like he has just won the English Premier League.
His son Divock Origi, who turns out for newly crowned champions Liverpool FC, played a vital role as the Reds bagged their first league title since 1990.
“In Kenya, the Premier League has been one of the most-watched competitions since we were kids. As a young boy growing up in Nairobi and Kenya, it was always our dream to reach there,” Okoth told BBC Sport.
“Unfortunately, I was not able to do it, but my son is representing me, so it’s like me winning the Premier League.
“It’s a very special day. Everybody who knows the history of Liverpool knows that it’s been a long, long time — Divock was not even born. I still remember that in 1990 I was in Kenya – I had just signed for Kenya Breweries [now Tusker FC].
“So, it’s been a long, long time waiting for their supporters and their people. You can imagine their emotions and the feelings that the fans felt yesterday, and for me as a father.”
Thursday’s match between Manchester City and Chelsea handed the Merseyside charges the title. The Citizens needed a win to keep their slim hopes of winning the league alive, but the Blues ended up winning 2-1.
“It’s a very great moment for me personally and for us as a family. We watched Chelsea play Manchester City at home with friends and family – socially distanced, of course,” the 52-year-old added.
“When Chelsea got the penalty and I saw the red card, we started preparing ourselves for a celebration. When the final whistle came, it was an explosion of emotions. You know, finally, it’s there.
“When the game is still going on, you’re not sure – in football, anything can happen. So, when the final whistle was blown, I got all the emotions.”
The former Shabana FC striker played for a number of foreign clubs including Boshar, KV Oostende, KRC Harelbeke, Genk, Molenbeek, Heusden-Zolder, Tongeren.