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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dennis Oliech Quits Ajaccio for Arabian Gulf League

Oliech in action for Ajaccio. Photo: ac-ajjacio.com
Kenyan international Dennis Oliech has quit Ligue 2 outfit AC Ajaccio for UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al-Nasr Sports Club.

The recently 30-year-old terminated his contract with L’ours bringing to an end a two-year stint at the club. His new employers, Al-Nasr are 3-time UAE League champions and are currently sitting 5th on the log with 35 points, 8 points behind leaders Al Ain.

Oliech joined Ajaccio on a free transfer in January 2013 from Auxerre signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. He scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with Evian Thonon Gaillard and went on to score 8 goals in 50 appearances for the club.

He has been restricted to only 5 matches this calendar year, his latest coming in a 0-0 draw against Laval where he entered the action as a 59th minute substitute replacing Frenchman Mouaad Madri. The former Auxerre, Nantes and Al-Aarabi man has lately been restricted to substitute appearances by Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni.

The prolific goalscorer at international level has only finished one game in 2015, the 1-0 home defeat to Nimes which was the first game of the New Year.

“Out of contract in June 2015, an agreement was therefore reached between the various parties, the club, the player and his new club, SC Dubai (to end the contract),” a statement in the club’s website said.

Ajaccio manager Pantaloni termed the 2002 CECAFA Cup winner as ‘hardworking, endearing and decisive’ while wishing him best on his exploits at the Gulf.

Al-Nasr was founded in 1945 making it the oldest club in the United Arab Emirates. However, old age has not translated to success on the pitch with the club having won the Arabian Gulf League thrice, the last one coming in 1986. However, they have already added silverware to their collection this year winning the UAE League Cup after a resounding 4-1 victory over Al-Sharjah.

The club is currently managed by Ivan Jovanovic who led Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia to the quarter finals of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League. They have scored only 24 goals in 15 matches this season, the least among the top six and the signing of Oliech is meant to scale that ratio up.

Only six of the current 30-man Al-Nasr players are none-UAE. Oliech's new teammates include former Swansea winger, Spaniard Pablo Hernandez who left the Welsh club at end of last season, Senegalese Ibrahima Toure and retired Australia international Brett Holman.

As did his former employers say, we say Bonne Chance Dennis!

And That's thesteifmastertake!!