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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Oliech refuses to travel
Kenya striker Dennis Oliech
Kenya striker Dennis Oliech has refused to travel to Guinea
Kenya striker Dennis Oliech refused to travel with the national team to Guinea claiming he is owed US$1,700 by the Kenya Football Federation.

Oliech arrived at the airport on Wednesday morning ready to travel to Guinea for the World Cup qualifier but then refused to fly when KFF officials would not pay him the money he claims he is owed.

The 20-year-old says that he is owed the money for tickets he has bought travelling from his club Al Arabi in Qatar.

The KFF chairman Alfred Sambu and Harambee Stars' coach Mohammed Kheri tried to persuade Oliech to change his mind but the striker refused to back down and left the airport in a taxi.

However the KFF secretary-general Titus Kasuve denied that they owe Oliech as much as US$1,700.

"I don't want to say it is because of outstanding tickets [that he has not travelled]," Kasuve told BBC Sport.

"We made sure that we sorted out the ticket issue with the players.

"We usually buy the cheapest possible tickets and then send them to the players but Oliech never uses them and never brings them back so that we can try and get a refund.

"If he had come yesterday [Tuesday] to ask for the money we could have discussed things and maybe found a solution but to come to the airport like this it is very embarrassing."

Kasuve did admit that Oliech is owed around US$400 in allowances even though he has not been at the training camp.

"We treat all our players equally and whether he was away or in camp he was supposed to be paid," he said.

"But he has always behaved in a difficult manner and didn't go to the camp to get the money.

"We will be discussing these matters in our [KFF] relevant committees," Kasuve concluded.

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