Legendary Kenyan forward Dennis Oliech’s time at Kenya’s most succesful club, Gor Mahia has come to an end, and not in the expected fashion. On Tuesday 27 August, the club revealed that the striker’s contract has been terminated just seven months into his two – year contract.
A mix of political ambition and what Gor Mahia termed as serious misconduct, poor performance and general absenteeism have cost him a place at the team, though his stay with the 18 – time league winners was not the coziest.
Earlier on the day his contract was terminated, a poster did rounds indicating his interest in the vacant Kibra parliamentary seat. It particularly left a bad taste for the club that in his image on the poster, he was donning the team’s jersey.
The club further notes that it tried to reach out and address his performance, disciplinary and absenteeism issues with no success thus being forced to pull the plug on him.
“In pursuance of the provisions of Clause 6 of your Player Agreement Contract entered into with Gor Mahia Football Club we hereby write to advise you that we have terminated your contract with immediate effect on grounds of Just Cause as also stipulated in FIFA Article 14 Regulations of the Statues and Transfer of Players. The grounds supporting the just cause are:
- You are and have been guilty of serious misconduct and continued poor performance on the field of play especially you have without reason therefore and without prior permission from the Head Coach, the Team Manager or any other duly authorized Club Official absented yourself on numerous diverse days from training thereby denying the club the opportunity to field you as a striker.
- You have offered yourself as a candidate for popular political elections, a move that is likely to potray the club in bad light, cause disaffection among club’s supporters and fans, a step that is inconsistent with and inimical to your standing as the club’s football player. Further, you have posted a photograph of yourself in the social media donning the clubs jersey indicating your political intentions,” the club posted on its official website.
Didn’t light up KPL
Oliech, having played at the highest level of club football, in the UEFA Champions League, while based in France, was expected to light up the Kenyan Premier League upon joining Gor Mahia.
Joining Gor Mahia was a top wish for his late mother and upon his unveiling, he promised 28 goals in the season. However, he could only managed five league goals and in the final stretch of the season, broke his arm, which has kept him out of action since, ending his time at Gor on a low.