The ‘Menace’ Free State Stars boss Eymael impressed by Oliech but says he is still unfit

Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael has poured praises on former Harambee Stars captain and Ajaccio striker Dennis Oliech after training with his side for 10 days with a hope of completing a move to the South African Premier League side this week.

Oliech now 33, is going back to active football after hanging his boots three years ago and is confi dent that he can play at some of the major league of the world for another eight or more years.

The striker who has been a free agent since leaving Dubai CSC in 2015 where he scored four goals in 10 matches after joining from French Ligue 1 side AJ Ajaccio, arrived in Bethlehem town in South Africa on April 27 after getting an invitation from former AFC Leopards tactician Eymael and he has been the talk of the team ever since, with clinical fi nishes in training. In an interview with People Daily yesterday, Eymael the speedy striker and hinted at giving him a contract before the end of the week.

“I can’t believe my eyes.

Oliech is still a good fi nisher, he is fast on the ball, has an eye for goal and can beat any defender in the world on a one-on-one situation. The only problem is that he is still unfi t and needs to shed some weight to be back at his peak,” said Eymael after the team’s training at their Goble Park base in Bethlehem.

He added: “He has been in training for the last nine days.

He has the right attitude and very committed to training, he would certainly be a plus to the team because most of the players around can also learn a lot from him.” If Free State hands Oliech a contract, he would have to fight for first team slot against the team’s strikers Mohammed Anas from Ghana, Harris Tchilimbou of DRC and South Africa finishers Thabo Maphakisa, Sinethemba Jantjie, Siphele Mthembu and Edward Manqele.

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