“I know coaches and goalkeepers are really pleased that I am finally retiring. I won’t torment them any more with free kicks. They are in celebration mode now. They used to see me standing behind a ball and they start shaking. I used to torment them a lot,” immediate former Nairobi City Stars defender Noah Abich says.
Abich announced his retirement from active football after almost two decades in the top flight and the defender known for his trademark set piece prowess says he leaves the active scene with his head high and now looks forward to churning out the next generation of dead ball specialists.
He has hang up his boots and will now be incorporated into the City Stars technical bench as one of the assistant coaches.
“I felt that it was time for me to pave way for the young generation. It is not okay for me to continue playing while I know very well there are way better young players behind me. It is time for me to vacate the scene and now use my experience to help the young players,” Abich, notes.
Abich joined City Stars midway through the 2018-2019 campaign when they were struggling with relegation in the National Super League. He however helped them avoid the chop and remain in the top tier.
Last season, he played an equally integral role in helping them earn promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League.
“When I came in there, I found them almost bottom of the table and they had almost given up. I told them never to lose hope and we fought together as a team. I scored many goals and assisted more and eventually we survived,” Abich recalls.
The defender who as been one of the top scorers in every team he has played in. He boasts of three Premier League titles; one with Sony Sugar in 2006 and two with Tusker FC in 2011 and 2012.
He started his career at Nzoia Sugar straight from Thur Gem High School in 2002 before joining Chemelil Sugar. After just a season, he was drafted in by Sony Sugar in 2006 where the team ended up winning their only league title.