Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech will join Al Nasr SC in Dubai next season afer ending his contract with France side AC Ajaccio.
Ajaccio said through their official website, "It was in the air for a few days , and now it is official that Dennis Oliech is leaving this club. Oliech had expressed his wish to the club. Out of contract in June 2015, with the ACA, an agreement was therefore, reached between various parties, the ACA, the player and his new club, SC Dubai.
“Respecting both his wish and interests we have released the player. Arriving in 2012 in Ajaccio, Dennis Oliech has played 50 league games under the red and white jersey and recorded 8 goals .”
At a press conference on Wednesday, AC Ajaccio manager Olivier Pantaloni paid tribute to the player, "This is someone endearing, which was important in the group and never balked at work. He could be decisive even if it was inconsistent or irregular. He brought alot to the team. "
Oliech started playing football for Dagoretti Santos in his earlier years, then Mathare United. While in his youth career, Oliech went on trial with Ligue 1 side Marseille but Mathare chairman Bob Munro blocked the move from happening.
He turned professional in 2003 playing for Al-Arabi in Qatar until late 2005. In 2004, he was offered a chance to change his citizenship from Kenyan to Qatari. But he refused the offer. At age nineteen, Oliech was named by British newspaper as one of the world's most wanted young players.
In 2005, Oliech signed a four-year contract with French Ligue 1 team Nantes, with the fee of $3.7 million (Sh281.2 million) and will join the club the transfer window opens in January. Upon the move in January, Oliech was given a number nine shirt. However, his youth club Mathare United claimed Nantes owed them Sh14m but the claims were dismissed.
In the summer transfer window, Oliech was signed on loan by Auxerre, who were in need of goals after a bad start to their season. After two months absent, Oliech finally made his debut, in a 5-3 win over Lorient. After making ten appearances in the 2007-08 season, Auxerre signed him on a permanent basis from Nantes in January and keeping him until 2011.
Oliech captained Harambee Stars after replacing Musa Otieno and went on to inspire the team to several wins including scoring decisive goal against Cape Verde that handed Kenya a ticket to African Cup of Nations finals in Tunis. He was however, stripped off captaincy by coach Adel Amrouche and replaced by Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Al-Nasr was founded in 1945 making it the oldest club in United Arab Emirates. However, old age has not translated to success on the pitch with the club having won Arabian Gulf League thrice, the last one coming in 1986. However, they have already added silverware to their collection this year winning UAE League Cup after a resounding 4-1 victory over Al-Sharjah.
The club is currently managed by Ivan Jovanovic, who led Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia to quarter-finals of 2011-12 Uefa Champions League. They have scored only 24 goals in 15 matches this season, the least among the top six and the signing of Oliech is meant to scale that ratio up.