NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former Kenya captain and record international
scorer, Dennis Oliech is on the verge of making a sensational
return to football two and a half years after hanging his boots
in South Africa.
Local media reports
said Oliech, 33, held talks on Wednesday with South African
Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Free State Stars to revive his
“Dennis (Oliech) had
a very good meeting today (Wednesday) with the management and
everything is on good track. He has to return to France for some
family issue and the talks are not yet finalized because he has
to have all his papers in order for us to start processing the
work permit,” Belgian Luc Eymael, coach of Free State Stars,
told local press.
“We expect him back
with us on June 18 when we start pre-season with all his papers
in order. We will also do a medical test after this and
hopefully finalize the deal,” he added.
The former Harambee
Stars captain trained with Free State Stars for nine days and
impressed Eymael despite admitting he has a lot to do to regain
Should the deal be
struck, Oliech will become the second Kenyan to play for Free
State since Joseph Okumu (2016/17) and the fourth in the PSL.
Oliech has not
played club football since leaving Dubai Cultural Sports Club
where he spent half a season after three seasons with Ajaccio in
the French top tier.
His last match for
Harambee Stars was on September 6, 2015 when he played in
Kenya’s 2-1 defeat to Zambia in an African Cup of Nations
Once the poster boy
for Kenyan football, Oliech famously scored the winning goal in
a 1-0 victory over Cape Verde to send his country to the 2004
Africa Nations Cup finals in Tunisia, the latest time the East
African nation made the showpiece. He is also the record scorer
with 34 goals in 68 appearances for Kenya in international