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.”

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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.”

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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.

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