Why Oktay left Oliech out of Hussein match


Gor Mahia FC forward Dennis Oliech (L) goes past Western Stima FC Kevin Akongo during ...
Gor Mahia FC forward Dennis Oliech (L) goes past Western Stima FC Kevin Akongo during their Kenya Premier League match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on February 20, 2019 . Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia players were Friday each paid Ksh. 100,000 – a fulfillment of a promise by the club chairman -- for reaching the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup. 

Dennis Oliech’s fury over failure to settle his sign-on-fee by the club honchos played a part in coach Hassan Oktay’s decision to leave him out of the squad that is currently battling Hussein Dey of Algeria at the Kasarani Stadium in a CAF Confederations Cup tie

According to club CEO Lordvic Omondi Aduda, Oktay made the call not to field Oliech, who has put the club leadership to task over the failure to settle his sign-on-fee arrears.

Speaking on a live radio interview on Ramogi FM’s football magazine show  ‘K’Ogalo Time’,  Aduda dismissed rumours on social media that Oliech had opted out following non clearance of his sign-on- fee which is said to be Ksh. 2 million, even as evidence points to the contrary.

‘’Yes, we still owe him. But there is an agreement on how to pay his balance. This is not linked to his unavailability for tomorrow’s match,’’ explained Aduda.

The CEO said Oliech has neither contacted him nor the chairman (Ambrose Rachier)demanding his sign-on-fee balance.

According to Aduda, the club management is not privy to Oliech’s grievances.

Gor Mahia players were on Friday each paid Ksh. 100,000 – a fulfillment of a promise by the club chairman — for reaching the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup.

Aduda said Oliech was among those who benefited from the token.

At the same time team manager Jolawi Obondo concurred with the CEO, noting that the coach gave him a list of 20 players whom he wanted in the camp for Hussein’s clash.

Oliech happened to miss out from the list with another notable absentee being Joash Onyango who is suspended for accruing two yellow cards.

‘’Maybe Oliech is the coach’s secret card for the return match. You never know. We can’t complain. He knows these players better,’’ asserted Jolawi.

There has been uproar on social media about Oliech’s fate after news emanated that he had opted out of the match following non-completion of payment of his sign-on-fee.

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