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Kenya striker and captain Dennis Oliech completes switch from Auxerre to AC Ajaccio

Kenya and Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech was unveiled at his new French Ligue 1 club AC Ajaccio on Tuesday alongside defender Matthieu Chalmé.

Oliech completed his move from French Ligue 2 side Aj Auxerre after signing a two and half year contract and was handed a number 29 jersey. Club President Leo Luciani welcomed the arrival of the Kenyan striker terming him 'a powerful and fast striker who brings a lot of experience to the club.'

Oliech said after completing the switch that he was elated to make a return to France's top flight league. "I am very exited to have joined AC Ajaccio and will look forward to working hard to win a place in the starting eleven. I know it will be difficult to get straight into the starting squad but hopefully all will go well."

As exclusively reported by last week, Oliech had indicated his desire to quit the Ligue 2 side, either in January or at the end of this season.

Founded  in 1910, Ajaccio currently sits at position 16 in the 20 team top flight table with 21 points from similar number of games. The Albert Emon coached squad, plays its home matches at the 12,000 capacity Stadium Stade Francois.

Oliech's former club Auxerre, was relegated from French top flight at the end of last season which saw the club’s leading lights including Burkinable international Alain Traore depart the club. Oliech was equally destined to move to Turkish side Kasimpasa Spor in the summer of last season but the intended move fell through.

Oliech who turns 28 next month, joined the French ligue in 2005 penning a deal with FC Nantes from Qatari side AL –Arabi. At Nantes he made 32 appearances scoring four goals in his three season stint. When Nantes were relegated at the end of the 2005 campaign, he joined Auxerre on a loan deal before making the move permanent a year later.
He has been at Auxerre since 2007 and made 165 appearances scoring a total of 25 goals. This season he has found the back of the net twice.