The 36-year old also opened up on why he turned down a Sh 200m offer to change his nationality from Kenya to Qatar while at the prime of his footballer career.
“I can say the situation at the time is not the same at the moment so maybe if someone offered me the money right now I will take it. But you have to look at the other side and say living in Asia and especially with the Arabs is not easy. You have no chance to enjoy life. You can have money but get stuck in the country with nowhere to go. With their citizenship, they will even deny you a chance to leave the country. That is not the type of life I am looking to live.”
Oliech is considered one of the best footballers to come out of Kenya.
“Mum would still be okay if she stayed in France. And she was close to God, that is why she survived, she was in a worse state than Kevin who was also diagnosed with cancer.”
Oliech also spoke about his brother Kevin who died in August last year from cancer too explaining how painful the experience had been for him.
“Life continued, then what hurt us again was Kevin because Kevin was close to me he was the only person I was telling my secrets. he was the one person I could open up to. and he will not reveal your secrets.”
“The good thing with Kevin, he knew his time was up. He was okay in Germany but he was in the final stages. We tried everything. He knows he was very loved. People love me for my name, but with Kevin, he was loved for him.”
Football darling Dennis Oliech has for the first time ever, spoken about why he sold most of his prime properties and apartment. In the past, gossip pundits claimed that was going broke hence the move.
They were so wrong.
The biggest Kenyan football export and sports star has set the record straight.
In an interview with Mozzartbet, Oliech explained,
“I have regrets, yes, but I was doing this to treat my mother and brother (the late Kevin Oliech).”
“My mother’s hospital bill came to around ksh40 million and we had to pay around ksh84 million for Kevin’s bill, you cannot hold on to an asset and your relatives are ill and need your help.”
Now in hindsight, Oliech says he should have asked for help.
“The problem was maybe we did not appeal to the public to help us cushion the financial burdens.”
Speaking about his entertainment and events promotion company, Fishborne Entertainment, Oliech talks about how it started and eventually died.
“I loved reggae music and I still do. I figured out I could turn out my passion into a business since i had access and connections to high profile reggae artistes and that is how Fishborne was founded,” he said.
“I paid a lot of money to bring artistes such as Richie Spice, morgan heritage amongst others to perform live in Kenya but the business never broke even due to lack of sponsors and good partners.
Back then reggae music was associated with the ghetto youth and criminals which was not good for business but right now reggae music is played in most entertainment joints daily. it has become really huge, not just in the ghettos like before. so yeah, it was a brilliant idea, but wrong timing. I wish I did that now. that said, we enjoyed the special moments.”
Kenyans and the football fraternity are mourning the death of Kevin Oliech, the younger brother to footballer great Dennis Oliech.
Kevin died in Germany from caner, a disease that also claimed their mother in 2018, and another brother earlier.
He was also a footballer like Dennis.
He played for Dagoretti Santos, Mathare Ushuru, Tusker FC, Gor Mahia, Nakumatt FC, Nairobi City Stars, German side KFC Uerdingen 05, Alemannia Aachen.
Celebrities joined Kenyans in sending message of condolence to Dennis and his family as they grieve.
Saddened by the untimely death of former Gor Mahia player Kevin Oliech, brother to former Harambee Stars Captain Dennis Oliech, a member of the Nairobi City County Sports Board. Kevin passed on this evening in Germany while undergoing treatment for cancer.
Former Harambee Stars, Mathare United and Thika United player Kevin Oliech, a younger brother to Dennis Oliech, is dead. May he RIP! #TheScoreKE
Rest in peace Kevin Oliech… Crying faceCrying faceCrying faceCrying faceCrying faceCrying faceCrying face 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….
My deepest condolences to the family and friends Of Kevin Oliech. prayers to the family during this time of sorrow Folded hands
Raila Odinga Junior..
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. #RipKevinOliech
Mathare United FC..
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 Broken heart
Footballer Dennis Oliech is mourning the loss of his brother, two years since his mother also passed on.
His brother Kevin died from cancer in Germany.
His mother Mary Auma aka Mama Oliech also died from Cancer in July 2018, and tributes from Kenyans noted she was a generous women.
Dennis Oliech sold nearly all his earthly belongings totaling to Sh138milion to ensure that his ailing mother received the much needed treatment.
Speakign while mourning the death of his brother Maina Kageni noted that
‘Dennis Oliech’s brother was so young with so much talent. I interacted with him for so long it was incredible seeing his talent. One day cancer too shall die. Rest in peace.
He was a young kid, that’s just what is heartbreaking, I spoke to Dennis Oliech and told him his kid brother was so young, he was vibrant and energetic by the time they discovered the cancer it it was too late. That is suffering, he fought hard. Dennis you are in our thoughts and prayers and thanks for calling me back, it was important that we speak’
May God comfort you Dennis Oliech and give you the courage and fortitude to bear the loss.