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Oliech blames Amrouche vendetta for woes

OLIECH-BAFANANAIROBI, Kenya, June 10- Deposed Harambee Stars captain, Dennis Oliech, is alleging his woes in the national side stem from a personal vendetta head coach, Adel Amrouche has against him.

In an exclusive interview with published Monday, the record goal scorer and most capped Kenyan player adds he is not ready to quit the side despite being dropped from the squad that travelled to Malawi to face the home side in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

“I’m surprised by the actions of the coach but I feel this issue has now become personal rather than professional. However, I’m committed to Harambee Stars and this will not make me quit the team,” Oliech told the website.

The AJ Ajaccio French Ligue 1 striker refuted claims made by the team’s management that he took leave from training without due reason as he blamed Amrouche for making himself inaccessible to him.

Oliech was suspended for the Nigeria tie last Wednesday where Stars went down 1-0 for accumulating two yellow cards in previous qualifiers and was expected to be available for the Blantrye trip.

“On Tuesday before the game I joined the rest of the team where we presented food to the Mama Ngina Children’s home but I could see the coach was avoiding me.

“On match day I went early to camp and requested to see the coach in person and I went to his room. At that point, I gave him an apology and stressed the importance of working together and he accepted and asked the kit manager to give me a jersey so that I could accompany the team to the stadium,” the former captain narrated.

“Things went well and when we got to the dressing room but as I was advising the players, he told me to only motivate them and I should not talk anything tactical and this really surprised me as I have played Nigeria several times,” he added.

Oliech goes on to lament efforts to get audience with the Belgian when he joined the side on Thursday for training were rebuffed by the head coach who had then instructed his technical bench not to address the striker.

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AMROUCHE-XINHUA“When I came to camp I found the players and technical bench were unfriendly towards me only for assistant coach (James) Nandwa to tell me Amrouche had instructed players and members of the technical bench not to speak to me which really surprised me.

“Personally I don’t have a problem with coach Amrouche but I feel he has a fixed opinion of me and he is not ready to talk to me. I have given 100 percent to Kenya for many years and I don’t think I have a problem when it comes to performance but it is wrong for the coach to incite other players and the technical bench against me for reasons I don’t know.”

He went on to refute claims he had led team mates Jamal Mohammed and Patrick Osiako to the Blankets & Wines event three days before the Super Eagles tie saying, “both are adults.”

Oliech stressed his well documented partying lifestyle had no effects on his displays for the national side.

“Yes, I have gone for partying at times but that has not hindered my performance for Harambee Stars so it is wrong to judge me on that particular issue.”

By his own admission, stripping Oliech the armband will not affect his resolve to play for the national side when called upon.

“To be sincere I do not mind not being the captain of Harambee Stars as there are no incentives that come with this role.

“I gave 100 percent as captain and I wonder why the coach could not be professional enough to personally inform me of the changes instead of talking to the media first,” he complained.

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  1. manju

    June 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    You just need to grow up Oliech..You have been feeling Big than the team and being given better treatment always. Time is Up. Victor W. is much better than you and still very disciplined thats why HE is going to go far. We need real professionals for the betterment of Harambee Stars n the Game At Large

    • DrewMwau

      June 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

      True that, guy has got guts trying to act like his word is final…


    June 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    honestly us fans we love you but discipline lazima mzee, listen to the coach. Hope to see u on the field in our next game with Namibia

  3. DrewMWau

    June 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

    seriously Oliech? These excuses of yours would just make any coach drop you from the bench. How do you even begin saying that you want to give technical advice to players, that’s the coach’s work…yours is only to play and follow what Amrouche tells you. As a fan, I am disappointed in your behaviour, grow up and be part of the team.

  4. OpichAdhula

    June 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Every team has a player who talk tactics. It could be Giggsy, King Henry 14, Lamps & JT. Oliech has got his issues, but coaches is such an Arab he imagines everyone is a slave and he’s the master…. How Lavatsa’s housemate Were (Jesse Were) doesn’t get called up and he was 2nd top scorer last season, keeps on banging goals this season and the coach says he needs consistency!! So between Lavatsa and Jesse, which consistency is he looking for?? This coaches has his head in Arabian sands and personally, give me Nandwa anytime. I eat foota so take my word for it, Stars is a business conduit for the Ghosts of this country. Peace.

    • ian kajua

      June 11, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Opich u so wrong tell him to do those things at ajaccio b rational boss

  5. Gathii

    June 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Going partying a few days before the Nigeria match was part of the personal vendetta the coach has against him. Yeah!
    Not showing up when called up for the Malawi match was o part of the vendetta too!
    This coach is too much!

  6. Domingo

    June 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Its a high time we walked away from this comedian named Oliech

  7. ian kajua

    June 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

    N some1 would b crazy to think u a not a fool go do those things in europe u should b banned like Nasri or ben arfa acting like u the best Victor is the real deal boss wake up n follow instructions from him ama uliza Etoo what happens when u misbehave

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