Retired Harambee Stars Ace Dennis Oliech Castigates the Government After Kenya Is Kicked Out of AFCON

Retired Harambee Stars Ace Dennis Oliech Castigates the Government After Kenya Is Kicked Out of AFCON

  • Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech has criticised the government over its handling of football issues in the country
  • The veteran striker argued on his Facebook page that football issues should be left to footballers to handle them
  • Oliech is Kenya's all-time top scorer with 34 goals and was part of Harambee Stars' squad that participated in the Africa Cup of Nations of 2004

Celebrated Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech has taken a major dig at the government following Kenya's disqualification from the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. Harambee Stars were kicked out of the race to qualify for next year's AFCON as the ban by the world governing body of football FIFA, is still in place. The government had been given a window to reinstate the ousted Football Kenya Federation to allow Kenya to participate in international competitions.

Harambee Stars Dennis Oliech, Africa Cup of Nations, Bafana Bafana
Dennis Oliech runs between South African players during an international friendly match between South Africa and Kenya. Photo by Lefty Shivambu.
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But the government, through the Ministry of Sports under Ambassador Amina Mohamed, went ahead and disregarded FIFA orders. Ms Mohamed kept the Caretaker Committee and replaced them with the transition committee which will be in office for five weeks. Kenya's first game in Yaounde against Cameroon has now been scrapped and all the subsequent matches. The other members of the group were Burundi and Namibia. And now Oliech has taken the fight to the government's doorstep. Oliech took to his Facebook page to criticize the government saying that it's only the 'shoe wearer who knows the pinch.'

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The former Harambee stars captain also mentioned Mathare United's struggles. The famous club has been relegated to the National Super League after giving three walkovers. Mathare's chairman Bob Munro has cited extreme financial challenges as the cause of the legendary club struggling. The impasse between the government and FIFA is set to continue. Kenya has already missed out on the Africa Women Cup of Nations and the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. The AFCON qualifiers is set to be the third event that the country sits out on.

Kenyan Football Fans Rage at Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee’s Alleged Expenditure

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Kenyan football fans had taken to social media to express their frustrations after the alleged expenditure of the FKF Caretaker Committee was revealed. Reports emerged that the Caretaker committee allegedly used an approximate value of 564 million Kenya shillings in operations.

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The ousted FKF team was given 434 million Kenya Shillings in three years according to the Ministry of Sports. Former Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno however refuted the claims saying that the federation had only received 354 million Kenya Shillings.

Of interest, however, is how the Caretaker Committee used 564 million Kenya Shillings in six months. The report claims that the money was used in paying match officials, clubs and other key operations.

Source: Sports Brief News