Kenyan football icon, Dennis Oliech, has lost his younger brother, Kevin Oliech.
Kevin Oliech, who had at one point played for Mathare United and United, succumbed to cancer while receiving treatment in Germany.
This is according to the family spokesperson, Nixon Onywanda Oliech, who confirmed the news in an interview with Citizen Digital on Sunday Evening.
“For four years, he’s been in and out of the hospital. Last year he came back to Kenya then returned to Germany but we’ve unfortunately lost him.”
The news sent shockwaves across the Kenyan population. Many Kenyans, among them prominent personalities, sending their message of condolences to the family.
Mourning Kevin Oliech
“My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Oliech. Prayers to the family during this time of sorrow,” Victor Wanyama tweeted.
His former club, Mathare United also mourned Oliech, terming his death as ‘a big blow to the Mathare united fraternity.’
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 💔 pic.twitter.com/e4ihsDP9kT
— Mathare United FC (@MathareUtd) August 16, 2020
The player follows his mother, Mama Oliech, who also succumbed to cancer in 2018.
Kevin Oliech was born in 1988 (32 years) and played as a forward for various clubs in the country and in Germany.
The deceased has been a journeyman in his football career, counting over five clubs in a career that saw him win the Kenya Premier League title.
In 2008, Kevin Oliech led Mathare United to the title under the tutelage of current Harambee Stars coach, Francis Kimanzi.
Aside from Thika and Mathare, the forward also turned up for Dagoretti Santos, Tusker FC, Gor Mahia, Makumatta FC and Nairobi City Stars.
In Germany, the player played for Uerdingen 06 and Alemannia Aachen.
Aside from the more famous Dennis Oliech, Kevin was also the brother to Andrew Oyombe. Oyombe, 35, has retired from active football.
The family also lost the eldest member, Steven Okumu, in 2002. Okumu died in a road accident in Rhode Island.