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Oliech to sue paper for ‘defamatory’ story

Former Harambee Stars skipper, Dennis Oliech, has said he will sue a local daily for defamation over a story that the paper published on Thursday.

In a statement circulated to the press, the former Kenya international, speaking through his brother and local manager, Nixon Oliech, also rubbished reports to the effect that he has quit active football.

The feature story in the said daily detailed the financial woes that the player is allegedly facing at the moment.

At the same time the player, who spent the better part of his professional career playing for clubs in the French Ligue 1, claimed that he rejected two “solid” offers from European based clubs last January, in favour of a lucrative endorsement deal from a local company.


The deal, according to Oliech, however, has a clause compelling him not to actively play football.

“The official position is that after Dennis Oliech’s stint in Dubai last season, he came back to Kenya and received solid offers from clubs in Europe. However, one big company that recently set up base in Kenya also gave him a mouthwatering offer to be their ambassador and one of their requirements was he should not be playing active football,” the statement read.

Nairobi News has since established that the said firm is a betting company and the deal is estimated to be worth Sh5 million -Sh10 million shillings.