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Oliech in the dark over Harambee Stars future

12 October 2014, 16:48

Nairobi - Dennis Oliech still harbours aspirations of representing the Harambee Stars and intends to win over the favour of coach Bobby Williamson.

Oliech is still a very active footballer and is competing against some of the best clubs in France. However, Williamson has previously indicated that it was time to consider giving some of the younger players in that country an opportunity to develop at international level.

"I still want to be part of the team. I cannot retire just like that. Yes, I know that perhaps it is time to pave way for the young boys but we must be there to guide them and show them the way just like it was done for us," Oliech told the Standard on Saturday.

There has been rumour and speculation that the striker would hang up his international boots in the foreseeable future. However, Oliech still feels that he has a considerable amount to offer the sport.

"Retirement is not in my mind at the moment. Maybe in another two years. I am only 29 years old yet one can play until one is 40," added Oliech.

While doubts have emerged about Kenya's ability to produce another competent international striker to replace Oliech, he does not feel that his country is in peril.

"All is not lost, we still have some great strikers in the team like Allan Wanga in Sudan. He is a good player who should be able to fit into my shoes but this cannot be done in a hurry," added a determined Oliech.

"The current coach still needs the experienced players featuring alongside the young boys to learn from us. It is not possible to build a team only with new players."

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