Football fans and stakeholders in Kenya continue to condole with the family of Dennis Oliech following the death of his younger brother Kevin Opiyo Oliech.
Kevin died at a Germany hospital on Sunday while undergoing treatment for cancer. Among those who have shared tributes for the fallen Oliech is sports CS Amina Mohamed who described him as a hardworking footballer.
His former team Mathare United with whom he won the 2008 Kenya Premier League title also remembered him.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Oliech family following the passing on of Kevin Oliech on Sunday evening. Kevin, who is brother to Dennis Oliech and Andrew Oyombe, was part of the Mathare United squad that won the 2008 KPL title. May he Rest in Peace,” said the slum boys in a statement.
Nairobi City Stars
Nairobi City stars also sent their heartfelt condolences to the Oliech family.
“It is with sadness to learn of the demise of our former striker Kevin Opiyo Oliech. May his family and friends receive sincere and heartfelt condolences from Nairobi City Stars for the great loss. May he rest in peace” read a statement on the club’s official website.
Opiyo joined Nairobi City Stars ahead of the 2014 Kenyan Premier League season from Tusker FC and left at the close of the season to join Thika United.
He featured in eight league games for City Stars in the 2014 season and scored two goals for the club in two domestic cup games over Modern Coast Rangers and Wazito.
National team Harambee Stars termed Oliech’s passing as a big blow to the football family.
“We join the entire football fraternity in sending our sincere condolences to the Oliech family for the loss of former Kenyan International Kevin Oliech”. read a statement on the team’s social media handles.
“Kevin wore the Kenyan Jersey with pride and commitment. His passing on is a big blow to our football family”.
Former Thika United and Nairobi City Stars Head Coach Tim Bryett
“The world should know how good this boy [Kevin Oliech] was, and taken from us too soon,” Bryett wrote on his Twitter Page.
“As I finish tucking in my son to bed and kiss him good night, I sit down barely seeing the letters on my keyboard due to the tears in my eyes and whiskey beside me, I come to the realisation that I have lost one of my football sons, Kevin.
“Let me tell you that he was one of the hardest working, professional, kindest, loyal and talented players I have ever had.
KPL Side Zoo FC
“Our heartfelt condolences to the Oliech’s family, friends and fans for the passing on of Kevin Oliech who succumbed to cancer! God will see you through”.
“Our thoughts and prayers to the Oliechs and everyone in the sporting fraternity in Kenya on the passing on of Kevin Oliech.
Raila Odinga Jnr
“Saddened by the passing on of my good friend Kevin Oliech,another talent loss for our country. Heartfelt condolences to the family of Oliech , friends, colleagues and fans. We appreciate his contributions to Harambee Stars”.
“Rest in peace Kevin Oliech. You fought a long, tough battle… you were so, so young… heartbreaking… I’m privileged to have called you a friend… one day, cancer too shall die… Good night, young King! Guys, please say a prayer for Dennis and family”.
“Kevin Oliech, Younger sibling to Dennis Oliech died yesterday evening while undergoing cancer treatment in Germany. Rest well Champ”.
“Rest well Kevin Oliech. My heartfelt condolences to Oliech’s family. May God give you comfort & peace that you seek during this difficult time”.
Kevin played locally for Gor Mahia, Mathare, Tusker, Ushuru, Thika United, Nakumatt FC and Nairobi City Stars
He also had international stints at German fifth tier side KFC Uerdingen 05 and second-tier Alemannia Aachen, among other teams.
He featured three times for Kenya U20 and seven times for the National team, all between 2004 and 2011.
Apart from Dennis Oliech, Kevin was also the brother of Andrew Oyombe and Kennedy Oliech.
His death comes just two years after the death of Mama Oliech.