Oliech tells coach off on demands


Published on 14/05/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

Kenyan international striker, Dennis Oliech, has urged KPL clubs and the national team, Harambee Stars, to work together.

Commenting on the stand-off between national coach, Antoine Hey, and KPL clubs on release of players and signing of commitment letters, Oliech weighed in with a statement:

“I haven’t seen the letter that Hey has sent to clubs, but if they have refused to sign it then it must be bad and should be withdrawn.”

Oliech supported clubs on their refusal to release players for longer periods than is necessary.

“The league must not be interfered with for the sake of the national team. Even in Europe it does not happen like that,” he said.

He revealed that his intended return to Qatar may be as early as next season.

Oliech, who plays for French Ligue 1 side AJ Auxerre, said plans are almost complete for his return.

Putting pressure

The Kenyan striker spent three years with Al-Arabi of Qatar from 2003 and he says the club wants him back.

“The team has not been doing well since I left and were nearly relegated last year. They have been putting pressure on Auxerre to release me and they are having their way,” he said.

Oliech denied the move is for monetary reasons though he insisted that he needs to be comfortable when he retires.

“It is not for the money though they have promised me a handsome signing fee that will secure my future after football,” he said.

Challenged on the wisdom of the move considering his age and an option of moving to England, Oliech said: “I have not got the opportunity to move to England as most people expect.

“This will come even after I leave Qatar where I intend to stay for only two years,” he said.

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