Nairobi City Stars have confirmed that Noah ‘Abich’ Otieno, better known as the dead-ball specialist, has hung up his boots after 20 years of football.
The 33-year-old star will now join the technical bench of City Stars to “nurture the next crop of players.
“I wish to make it official that I have retired from football as a player. You can now refer to me as a coach as that is my new direction, ” Abich was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“It’s been a long journey that has had highs and lows. I am now at a point where I want to give back by nurturing the next crop of players. I thank City Stars for allowing me to wind down my playing days and for ultimately giving me an opportunity on the technical bench to start my coaching journey at a high level.”
City Stars team coordinator Samson Otieno said that Abich has been a dedicated servant.
“We counted on him to survive relegation when the team needed an experienced hand in the 2018/19 season and he came through for us in a big way with important deliveries and goals. It is now our turn to hold his hand as he ventures into the other side of his career, which is coaching, ” said Otieno.
For his part, CEO Patrick Korir said: “We thank him for his dedication and diligence to the team and will support him as he scales upwards to coaching. He is part of a long-term plan and we will endeavour to build his capacity as we go along.”
Abich’s last league game for City Stars was against Mt Kenya United at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday, 27th October 2019, which ended in 1-1 draw.
The former Kenya national team player previously turned out for Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar, Nakumatt FC, Sony Sugar, Tusker, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz FC, Sofapaka, Mathare United, Nakuru All-Star, Bandari, and Mt Kenya United.