August 8, 2022

Oliech dedicates goal against Zamalek to late brother

By Clive Kyazze
Gor Mahia's Dennis Oliech celebrates his goal with teammate Jacques Tuyisenge against Zamalek FC during Caf Confederation Cup Group D match on February 3, 2019 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

When Gor Mahia walked onto the Moi Sports Complex in Kasarani pitch to take on Egyptian giants Zamalek in their opening game of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup tie, few knew that history was about to be rewritten.

On the bench sat former Harambee Stars captain Denis Oliech who was just 13 years old and probably still forging a football career when Zamalek lost 1-0 to Gor Mahia 21 years ago at the same venue in the same competition.

The late Stephen Okumu (brother to Denis Oliech) celebrates his goal against Zamalek at Moi Sports Complex Kasarani in 1998 | Courtesy Photo

The lone strike then was scored by Oliech’s brother Stephen Okumu (RIP) who spread out his arms after scroing as he sailed away in celebration, K’Ogalo had punched above their weight many thought.

Fast forward to 2019, Oliech came off the bench and with Gor Mahia leading 3-2, he found himself on side with the Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Ahmed at his mercy.

The former Auxerre strike in France rounded off the keeper before beating a defender and eventually slotted the ball home to put the result beyond reach for the Egyptians.

Just like his late brother, Oliech spread out his arms as he celebrated the goal that had put the result beyond reach for the African giants, surely memories of Okumu were running through his mind at the time.

Striker Denis Oliech came off the bench to score the winner against Zamalek at Kasarani on Sunday, he replicated the celebration by his late brother 21 years ago

“I dedicate this goal to the late Stephen Okumu,” Oliech later told www.nation.co.ke, he also added. “I knew I would score by employing the same style and celebrating in the same manner like he did, I am happy for myself, the fans and Gor Mahia.”

The 33-year old striker believes he is an inspiration to the current crop of Gor Mahia players and his experience can go along away in helping the Kenyan side achieve a lot for the time he will be with them.

“This game is done now focus shifts to the league fixtures, we need to retain the title. This kind of experience I believe will help me, it already did today so I hope we can keep working for a better tomorrow,” he concluded.

Gor Mahia will be back in action on Wednesday February 13th 2019, as his side visits Atlético Petróleos de Luanda in Luanda, Angola at Estádio 11 de Novembro in the tournament’s match day two fixtures.

MAIN PHOTO CAPTION: Gor Mahia’s Dennis Oliech celebrates his goal with teammate Jacques Tuyisenge against Zamalek FC during Caf Confederation Cup Group D match on February 3, 2019 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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