Former Kenya international striker Denis Oliech has officially retired from football after failing to nail a move to any Kenya Premier League Club (KPL).
Oliech had hopes of being signed by one of the KPL clubs notably Wazito or Bandari but with about two weeks to the end of the January window, it appears no approaches have been made thus the retirement.
“I have officially retired from playing football and will venture into business,” Oliech revealed in an interview with Nation Sport.
“I had stated when I left Gor Mahia that I would bounce back by joining Wazito or Bandari but nothing is forthcoming and that’s why I have not seen any need to continue,”
The striker revealed that his focus now turns towards helping the young aspiring footballer in Kenya, and plans to work as an agent.
“I will be an agent for young talented footballers so as to enable them to get clubs in Europe,” Oliech revealed.
Oliech is Kenya’s all time leading goal scorer with 34 goals from 68 matches and announced his retirement from international football in March 2016.
He made his debut for the national team in 2002 aged 17 against Nigeria as the Harambee stars lost 3-0 in a friendly game in Lagos.
His last game in Harambee Stars colours came against Zambia in a 2-1 loss in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier tie
Oliech started his career as a youngster at Dagoretti Santos, before crossing to Mathare United. He was then invited for an unsuccessful trial at French League 1 side Marseille.
In 2003, he moved to Qatar-based side Al-Arabi, where he scored 12 goals in seventeen appearances. The striker finally arrived in France, joining Nantes for 3.7 million dollars on a four-year contract in 2005. He scored on his debut, going to score just four times in 32 appearances.
Oliech was then loaned out to Auxerre before the move was made permanent. He would spend six years at Auxerre playing 165 times and scoring 25 goals; including a 16-minute hat-trick against Sochaux.
From Auxerre he moved to Ajaccio, playing 50 times and scoring just eight goals in his two years at the club. Oliech then joined Dubai CSC before returning to Gor Mahia at 33 years, in January 2019.
His time at the K’Ogalo was underwhelming as the club unceremoniously terminated his contract on grounds of alleged misconduct, with the player threatening to drag the club to court after financial misunderstandings