Oliech back in the fold after talks pay off

May 28, 2012

After weeks of uncertainty on his availability for Kenya’s 2014 World cup qualifier against Malawi, Harambee stars Captain Dennis Oliech will after all be in action on Saturday at the Moi international sports centre, Kasarani.

Oliech had quit international football in a huff dissatisfied at how the Football Kenya Federation, FKF and the national team sponsor East Africa Breweries Limited, EABL had handled his concerns over the illegal use of his image’ on a bill board.

“The nation is behind the team and so am I,” said Oliech who is Nairobi after the completion of the Ligue one where he plies for relegated Auxerre, confirming the end of his spontaneous resignation. 

“Our job now remains to do the nation proud by performing to the best of his abilities.”

A statement from FKF reinforced the Stars forward willingness to continue playing for Harambee satrs.

 “Football Kenya Federation wishes to inform all our football fans that arising from a meeting held today (May 28) between National Chairman Sam Nyamweya, NEC member Tom Onyango Alila and the family of Denis Oliech, I am happy to announce that Denis Oliech will report to the MISC Kasarani training camp to join his team mates.”

“Am happy that the federation has recognised the players association which we as players will use to pursue our interests,” noted Oliech whose return brings to five the number of strikers available for selection..

According to the statement, the newly formed Kenya Football players association will now take over Dennis’ issue with the sponsors on a different forum as he focuses on his international career.

The release added that Oliech’s decision had been influenced by ‘his deep respect for Sam Nyamweya whom he described as his mentor’.

He will join a now the full Harambee stars camp where already all the other called up foreign based pros-Titus Mulama, Patrick Osiako, Patrick Oboya, Victor Wanyama have been training. 

Coach Francis Kimanzi will name his starting 18 on Thursday a day after the Flames of Malawi jet in from their training base in Tanzania where they played out to a barren draw in a friendly on Saturday.


 Evelyn Watta

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