The ex-Gor Mahia striker has officially announced his retirement from football after managing 72 caps for the national team
Kenyans have taken to social media to give praise to former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech, who announced his retirement from football on Sunday.
However, he confirmed on Sunday he had decided to quit the game after he failed to a secure transfer move to either Bandari FC and Wazto FC in the current transfer window.
“I have officially retired from playing football and will venture into business,” Oliech said.
Oliech first played for the national team in 2002 at the age of 17 against Nigeria in an international friendly in Lagos, which the Harambee Stars lost 3-0.
He also captained the national team and was capped 72 times where he managed to score 34 goals and 33 assists. His last match for the Harambee Stars was when he featured against Zambia in a 2-1 defeat in an Afcon qualifier played at Nyayo Stadium in 2016.
Oliech also turned out for top clubs in Europe among them Nantes FC and AJ Auxerre in the French league.
Below is how Kenyans reacted to the news of his retirement.
I wish this legend a happy retirement!
Dennis Oliech is the best striker Kenya has ever had.A history you wrote comrade!
I’m proud of you pic.twitter.com/DvlhBjuE6A
— SC JACK AWUONDO (@Okeuyoma) January 19, 2020
Happy retirement to our captain, leader and Legend Dennis Oliech. pic.twitter.com/UMn90NwoNP
— Ochievara Olungah (@OchivaraOlungah) January 19, 2020
Dennis Oliech is a million times better than #BBINonsense
Respect the legend!
— Ali HUSSEIN (@mwalimu001) January 19, 2020
Dennis Oliech is by far the best centre forward and traditional number 9 to grace our national team. Retire well Legend.
— Mariachi 🇰🇪 (@ItsOliverDada) January 19, 2020
#OFFICIAL: Former Harambee Stars Captain and AJ Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech has announced his retirement football.
🔰 346 Appearances
⚽ 88 Goals
🇰🇪 72 Caps
⚽ 34 Goals
💟 Harambee Stars all time top scorer.
Happy Retirement Dennis. pic.twitter.com/PmOwMCIcbK
— Aadoo Di Ozzo (@Aadozo) January 19, 2020
All the best Legend. Wuod Mary Dennis Oliech. Hope the govt will appreciate all our retired sportsmen. pic.twitter.com/FP5kJ0tMWM
— Ochieng Ochi (@Ochieng66787269) January 19, 2020
It will take time for Kenya to produce a free-scoring striker like Dennis Oliech. I first watched him in 2002 at Moi stadium in Kisumu. He was in High school then. Kenya doesn’t appreciate talent. Instead of honoring him by some job, they will wait until when he dies. Bure kabisa pic.twitter.com/Fr257nUjMC
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@o_abuga) January 19, 2020
All the best in your future endeavors Kajole, Dennis Oliech today announced his retirement from football, he is the all time top scorer in the Kenyan national football team.
Dennis was loaded with trickery pace and strength, football misses you.#DennisThemenace pic.twitter.com/kOcULNQjh1
— Harambee Stars (@harambee__stars) January 19, 2020
Dennis Oliech, that you for giving us joy all those years you played for @OfficialGMFC and @harambee__stars you were the best centre forward Kenya has ever produced. All the best in your endeavors pic.twitter.com/tIem7dulSe
— Nobert Nyandire 🌍 (@nobnyandire) January 19, 2020
Last time we met with Dennis Oliech was in Bukhungu stadium-Kakamega on a match between Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboys. Dennis Oliech will remain an hero. pic.twitter.com/BhJq0954Ge
— Keror Nicholas (@Kerornick) January 19, 2020
Happy retirement to Dennis Oliech.
Always suspected u are kidu 50 years. Next ni 39 year old Wanyama. pic.twitter.com/N4H8Pe4U9O
— Nasir (@nasirkenya) January 19, 2020
Wishing Dennis Oliech all the best in his future endeavor. He did well in his times as Kenya’s top striker. Legend💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/2gTfdx7BrG
— Florian Musau 🇰🇪 (@FlorianMusau) January 19, 2020
Dennis Oliech has officially retired from playing football. He is all time Kenyan top scorer
All the best legend. pic.twitter.com/Syd7VMddMf
— Bruins Novert (@_photogrammer) January 19, 2020
Legend Dennis Oliech. Happy retirement the menace pic.twitter.com/u1xHbwaXQ5
— Reuben (@reubeOfficial) January 19, 2020
Harambee Stars has had 2 serious captains:
— Mr. Wendo™ (@Edgar_Amutavi) January 19, 2020
— Juma ofcouse (@JumaWanson) January 19, 2020
— Daginho Mkenya (@DaginhoMkenya) January 19, 2020
— Ben Shaw Ayieko (@BenShawAyieko) January 19, 2020
All the best to Dennis Oliech as he retires.
72 caps for 🇰🇪
— Aardvark (@Koecheruiyot) January 19, 2020
Former Harambee Stars prolific striker Dennis Oliech has retired from professional football. At 19 years he was listed by British newspaper the Guardian as one of the world’s most wanted young players alongside Rooney, Robinho, RVP and Sneijder.
— KYAMA (@Elijahkyama) January 19, 2020
Dennis Oliech will remain the gr8est footballer to have ever played for @HarambeeStars_ a joy to watch at his prime days. Thanks for the memories man and all the best in retirement. He should may b allowed to coach the current strikers or given a mngnt role with the national team
— Thomson Muthama (@tmuthama) January 19, 2020