In Summary
  • Oliech has shown an enduring resilience that has seen him rise again to take his rightful place as one of the best players currently in the country.
  • If you watched Oliech in action against Zamalek at the Moi international Sports Centre, you will agree with me that he actually never lost his touch.

It is only a man or woman for that matter who has been down and out but rose again who can really understand where Oliech is coming from.

Losing a fortune, fair weather friends taking off and losing your mum are all calamities that can destroy even the strongest of men.

But Oliech has shown an enduring resilience that has seen him rise again to take his rightful place as one of the best players currently in the country.

For those who doubted Oliech's decision to return to the pitch, for those who said he was too old to perform, for those who said it was just a marketing gimmick to bring him back, I do believe you are now swallowing humble pie.

If you watched Oliech in action against Zamalek at the Moi international Sports Centre, you will agree with me that he actually never lost his touch.

He is still the classy striker who took Kenya to the Africa Cup of Nations, who won the Cecafa Senior Challenge with Harambee Stars.

Returning to play in the Kenyan Premier League must have been one of the most difficult decisions Oliech must have been faced with.

For a player who at 18 was already touted among the ten best in the world alongside England and Manchester United legendary Wayne Rooney, a player who refused a Sh300 million offer to change his citizenship to Qatar and becoming the first Kenyan to play in France, making a return to KPL where he played for Mathare United was never expected.

But it took guts to sign for Gor Mahia, a club where so much is expected of its players.

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