Dennis Oliech named as new Harambee stars coach
Dennis Oliech named as new Harambee stars coach

Nick Mwendwa, the president of the Football Kenya Federation, has appointed Dennis "The Menace" Oliech as the newest coach of the national football team, the Harambee Stars, only three days after his dismissal over allegations of corruption involving Sh38 million.

The destiny of Coach Engin Firat, who just arrived in the nation after negotiating a three-year deal with FKF, is unfortunately unknown.

Harambee Stars recently played Iran in an international friendly in Tehran, where they lost 2-1 under Firat's leadership and management.

As the primary striker for Kenya's national team for more than ten years, Oliech is well-known in the sport.

He is best known for leading the Stars to the 2004 America Cup of Nations Finals, where his brilliant goal against Cape Verde at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani in 2003 resulted in raucous special events.

Oliech has maintained a low profile since giving up playing for the international team; however, he did once play for Gor Mahia FC before quitting.

"The Menace," as he is affectionately called, who earned a reputation for himself while still in high school, first with Kamukunji and then with Mathare United, has returned to class, earning his managerial experience, and is enjoying the new assignment.

During a press briefing Tuesday at the FKF headquarters, he is anticipated to be introduced.

Opinions will probably differ on the decision to hire Oliech.

When asked about his decision to choose Oliech on Saturday, Mwendwa merely said, "Wait for the official announcement," which is anticipated to take place on Tuesday at the FKF headquarters.

Forcibly firing instructors has cost FKF dearly in the past, and it is unknown how Firat's situation will pan out.

It is unclear how the federation would treat Firat's case, given former coaches Adel Amrouche and Bobby Williamson received nearly Ksh250 million in total compensation for being wrongfully fired.

In the meanwhile, Oliech is anticipated to bolster his technical bench with local talent.

He has supported local solutions in the past, and it is also known that his old teammates, including Musa Otieno, a legend in his own right, will play a part.

According to a source at the Federation, Oliech was chosen because Mwendwa wanted the Stars to play offensively and thought Oliech, who is renowned for his attacking instincts, was the ideal option.

The specifics of his contract are still unclear, but by Friday night, both sides had resolved the key disagreements, and the former international was anticipating earning a monthly income of at least Sh800,000.

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