Dennis Oliech’s profile as a person and player will spur massive growth in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), as well as changing the way Kenyan football is viewed; this is according to former Kenya national team head coach Jacob Ghost Mulee, in reaction to Oliech’s return to the KPL.
Capped 72 times, Oliech, Kenya’s record goal scorer with 34 international goals, marked his return to the KPL after years of pro football in Europe, signing for Gor Mahia in a high profile move and Mulee notes that his return has spurred the excitement in the league once more.
The legendary forward, a former Nantes and AJ Auxerre forward, marked his return with a faceoff against his childhood team, Mathare United as Gor picked a point in the 1 – 1 draw before scoring his first goal for the team in the second as he skippered K’Ogalo to a 2 – 1 win over Posta Rangers.
Brought fans back
“I watched Oliech against Mathare and you could see he brought the fans to the stadium. There was a lot of vibe about it (the move) and they followed him where he went on to score in the next game.
Ghost further rubbished the debate that Oliech is too aged to deliver at the top, terming him a great signing for the league champions.
“There was a lot of debate about his age but let me tell you age is just but a number. Recall Roger Milla played at the World Cup at age 42, (Siyabonga) Nomvethe plays actively at age 41, Oliech is only 33. He is still missing match fitness and it's just a matter of time before he gets to his best.
“He is an excellent signing for Gor, and his return has definitely lit up the KPL and its profile,” he added.
Out of Oliech’s 34 international goals, he scored 19 under Mulee as he helped Kenya qualify to the 2004 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).