Oliech now demanding Ksh 6.2 million

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Former Harambee Star captain Dennis Oliech is demanding Sh6.2 million from Gor Mahia for unlawful termination of his contract.

Through his lawyer Elvis Majani, Oliech has written to the club arguing that it wrongfully terminated his two-year contract.

The top-flight club has been given seven days to pay Sh1.4 million as a balance of the signing fee, Sh2.2 million as loss of income and Sh2.6 million for the unlawful termination.

Gor Mahia signed on Oliech on January 2, 2019, on a signing fee of Sh2.8 million with an 18 month fixed term contract agreement.

As per the terms of the contract, Oliech was to earn Sh220,000 per month as a player for the Kenya Premier League champions.

“Upon his signing of the contract, our client assumed duty and duly performed his role and functions on the strength of the aforesaid contract,” the letter states.

It adds that Gor Mahia breached the said contract and “unilaterally decided to terminate the contract of employment citing just cause.”

The letter says that the termination letter indicated that Oliech was guilty of serious and persistent misconduct with continued poor performance and absenteeism from training.

“You have further stated that our client offered himself as a candidate for popular political elections,” the letter states.

It also says that Gor Mahia has failed, neglected and refused to pay Oliech his s igning on fees in full.

“Despite constant verbal and written demand to be paid his dues, you have only paid him half his signing on fee and have failed to settle the amount still owed to him,” the letter states.

Oliech says that he has never received any warnings as to his conduct to warrant the club to rely on such as grounds for termination of the contract.

His letter further states that he picked up an injury on May 6, 2019 in a match against Western Stima and has not been cleared medically to participate in training or any physical activity.

“In contravention of article 14 of the Fifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of players on which you place reliance, the commentary to the said regulation provides that persistent misconduct should at 1st be punished by a warning, reprimand or fine. None of which was handed to our client,” Oliech’s lawyers write.

They also argue that the club cannot cite poor performance as no parameters were agreed beforehand between Gor Mahia and Oliech.

“Furthermore, our client managed to score 5 league goals having managed much less starts than the club’s top scorer who managed to score 9 league goals having started more matches than our client,” the letter states.

On Gor Mahia’s claim that Oliech had joined politics, the letter says that his name is not listed by any party or the election regulator IEBC as a candidate in the political elections.

“There exists no photos of our client on his social media accounts of him declaring his intention to vie for the political seat. On the contrary, he has actively shown support for another candidate vying for the same seat he is accused of offering his candidacy,” the letter says.

It also states that Article 38 of the constitution guarantees every citizen the right to make political choices; which includes the right to be a candidate for political office.

“Additionally, our client is an executive in the Nairobi county sports department, a fact that you are well aware of and were well aware of when he entered into an employment contract with yourselves,” the letter states.

It concludes that Oliech’s 18 months fixed-term employment contract has been terminated prematurely; malicious reasons have been advanced in support of the said dismissal; and his legitimate expectation of earning from his contract has been cut short.

This, his lawyers say, violates the Constitution, various laws as well as FIFA regulations.

Oliech says he will sue Gor Mahia

Striker Dennis Oliech says that the club owes him Ksh 4.6 million for which he will seek legal redress.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The former Harambee Stars player has now moved to the Sports Tribunal to sue K’Ogalo after they terminated his contract

Dennis Oliech wants Gor Mahia to pay him Sh4.6million for allegedly dismissing him unfairly.

The former Harambee Stars striker has also revealed to Goal he will take a break from football until December while he pursues the case against his former club, who terminated his contract two weeks ago for alleged misconduct.

“I have instructed my lawyers to write to the club, I have started the legal process to get my justice,” Oliech told Goal on Tuesday.

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“I have opted to use the local Sports Tribunal because they always take a month to solve cases, but if Gor Mahia are not willing to sort out the issue, I will report the matter to the governing body Fifa.

“I have my agent who is based in France and he is waiting to see what the Sports Tribunal will do to my case if not, then I will proceed to Fifa.

“I am demanding Sh4.6m from the club, that is my salary which was Sh300,000 for the next one year plus my sign-on fee which was Sh.1.5m.

“When I joined the club, I signed a contract of two years and it was due to end in the coming August, so it means they owe me salary for another year, it is Gor Mahia who started the war and I will make sure they pay for what they have done to me.”

Oliech further stated the decision by Gor Mahia to terminate his contract was ill-advised as he was not given a chance to defend himself.

“Did [Gor Mahia] speak or try to reach out to the doctor on why I was missing in training?” Oliech continued.

“The club doctor had told me to wait for another month before I resume training because the injury I had picked up against Western Stima was a broken hand which needed a lot of care.

“I was not given the right of reply, no one asked me to explain why I was skipping training, they just decided to terminate my contract. I don’t have issues with the club but they have already messed my life.”

Oliech also wondered why the club fired him whereas he had managed to score six goals from four matches while the club’s top scorer only managed eight goals after 31 matches.

“I played four full matches and scored six goals while the club’s top scorer managed only eight goals from 31 matches, so my contribution to the club was higher than even their top scorer of the season.”

Oliech now ready to move on

Striker Dennis Oliech now says he is will look for a new club

“We have many clubs in Kenya, we have Wazito FC, we have Mathare United, Tusker and AFC Leopards. I will get a club to play for because I still have two or three more years of playing before I hang my boots.” he said to Milele Sports

He however said that his next move will have to wait until his injury heals.

“However, my pain is I am still nursing an injury and Gor Mahia wrote I don’t go to training and even the one who writes this does not come to training, they should have asked the club doctor if I have an injury or not.

He says he is determined to recoup all the money the club owes him
 
“I respect the decision they (Gor Mahia) took but I will demand my full payment for one year and my signing fee from the club before I decide on my next move. “No one should call me tomorrow or any other day and tell me to come back and play for the club, I have told them If I send a letter it is finished between me and Gor Mahia.

“I will no longer be a Gor Mahia player and therefore, I will demand my full money and it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get justice, even if it takes one year or two years, they will have to pay me if I win the case.”

Polack: I am on a mission

New Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has declared that he is here to win trophies and does not feel any pressure.

“Pressure is for tyres and not me. I’ve been in the game for a while and I’m capable of doing the job. I’m not here on holiday but to defend the league and win more trophies with Gor Mahia.” he said to the Standard.

Polack also stated that he is impressed with the calibre of players he has seen at Kogalo.

“Football is all about entertaining people. I have been here for only two weeks but I’m already pleased with what I’ve seen in the team so far. ” he continued

Polack’s first test in the league will be against a Tusker team that has significantly strengthened their squad this season.

“My target is to get a winning start because it will prove to many we are ready to defend the title. We want to win and we know we can. I am waiting to see how my players respond on day one.” he concluded

Aduda: Oliech is wasting his time

Striker Dennis Oliech is adamant that he is still a member of the club because his termination was illegal. But CEO Omondi Aduda says Oliech is wasting his time.

“We don’t have any business to transact with the player. He was given the chance to revive his career at Gor Mahia but he has killed it on his own. We are done with him and don’t want anything to do with the player.” he said

Aduda went on to contradict himself in the same sentence by saying Polack is not impressed with Oliech even though he has never seen him.

Aduda added, “Which team does he want to play for? Not Gor Mahia. Even the coach [Steven Polack] has already washed his hands.

“He was not happy with the player. He has never seen the striker since he penned a contract to coach Gor Mahia, so you can imagine if Oliech was a Gor Mahia player or not.” he told goal.com

“Oliech failed himself and should not blame anyone, he should carry his cross and as I said before, we wish him well in his future endevours.”

Miheso to miss USM Alger clash

Newly signed midfielder Clifton Miheso is not available for the clash against USM Alger due to late registration.

We registered him [Miheso] late and thus he will not be available for the USM Alger match. We are waiting for the Caf window to open again and register him a fresh and maybe with two more players. If Gor Mahia makes it to the Group Stage, then he will be eligible to play for us.” said Omondi Aduda to goal.com

The vastly experienced Miheso has played in numerous leagues abroad and showed in the match against Bandari that he is still a top class player.

However Gor Mahia will have the West African attacking duo of Afiriyie and Yikpe Ghislain available.

Oliech: My termination was unprofessional

Dennis Oliech has accused the club of acting professionally. According to Oliech, the termination letter stated that the reason for termination was his entry into politics.

“You have offered yourself as a candidate for popular political elections, a move likely to portray the club in a bad light, cause disaffection among club’s supporters and fans, a step is inconsistent with and inimical to your standing as the club’s football player,” Gor Mahia said in regard to their decision to part ways with Oliech. ” said a letter from Gor Mahia.

Oliech denied that he was running for any seat.

“If I wanted to vie for the seat I would have surely made a public announcement. If I wanted any seat I would have gone for Dagoretti North and not Kibra. I am not a resident at Kibra so the rumours do not make sense at all Oliech told goal.com

Oliech says that the rumours of his entry into politics are malicious.

“Somebody sent me the photo [showing Oliech on a political banner] on WhatsApp and I forwarded it to our group [the players’ WhatsApp group] just trying to show I was not aware of the banner going around.”

” People are just trying to create controversy from where it does not exist at all but I know because there are reports [McDonnald] Mariga will vie for the seat then people want to start pushing me into politics ” he concluded

Gor Mahia terminates Oliech contract

Striker Dennis Oliech is no longer at Gor Mahia. This according to the club CEO Omondi Aduda

“Oliech openly absconded duty and never answered to phone calls from the club chairman not even the team manager. He never came for training but always wanted to be paid, So why do you pay some one who is not in any way helping theclub?”     Said  Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda .

Oliech’s career at Gor Mahia started on a high note. Coach Hassan Oktay heaped Oliech with praise as a consumate professional and a good example for the younger players.

His most memorable moment came when he scored the third goal against Zamalek after coming on as a substitute.

It was a memorable celebration in which he replicated his older brothers celebration against Zamalek 20 years earlier.

Things started to go South when Oliech went on strike because the club did not pay his sign on fee. He was also accused of instigating other players to go on strike.

His season ended on an unfortunate note when he picked up a season ending arm injury.

Oliech scored 34 goals for Harambee Stars. He is the only Kenyan attacker ever to play in the European Champions League and is considered by many to be the greatest Kenyan striker ever.

Oliech to assume technical role

Gor Mahia attacker Dennis Oliech, who is currently on injury list, has been called upon to take the role of assistant coach. Now that Coach Oktay is away, Patrick Odhiambo will take over as head coach with Oliech as his assistant.

“Now that Oliech is still not fit to play and owing to his vast experience, we have appointed him on acting capacity to deputise Patrick Odhiambo who is also the acting head coach as we await a word from Oktay.” said Ronald Ngala to Citizen Sports

Meawnhile Gor Mahia have said they are fully behind coach Oktay.

“As Gor Mahia family, we are fully behind Oktay as he seeks to deal with personal issues back home. We have given him a minimum of five days,” said CEO Omondi Aduda to the Standard.

Oktay is said to be in Turkey to take care of both his parents who have cancer.

” Oktay may or may not come back. He has been having serious family issues for long and we even thought he would not come back from leave. He has told us he will be back in case his parents health improve, otherwise he will write to the chairman to look for an alternative should need arise.” said Ronald Ngala to Citizen Sports

Oliech officially joins Gor Mahia

Dennis Oliech officially put pen to paper on a two year contract with Gor Mahia. The 33 year old earlier promised to score at least 30 goals this season.

“We are happy to bring him on board for two seasons. As you know, we’ve been in search of a local striker and his signing is a reprieve. The coach was already impressed with him in training,” said CEO Omondi Aduda to the Nation.

Aduda rubbished reports about Oliech’s salary.

“I don’t know, who came up with the Sh350, 000 figure and I can categorically state that that is not true. Oliech has signed and says we should keep contract details secret. “he said to goal.com

Oliech scored 37 goals in 77 appearances for Harambee stars. Locally he played for Mathare United then Tusker. His career then took him to Qatar then to France where he played for Nantes, Auxerre and Ajaccio.

He becomes the fourth member of his family to play for Gor Mahia after Steve Okumu, Andrew Oyombe and Kennedy Oliech

Steve Okumu pictured here with Josiah Ougo in 1998

Kennedy Oliech was team captain and leading scorer in 2004 and 2005
Andrew Oyombe played for Gor Mahia in 2009