Past Nigerian Football Stars: Sunday Oliseh

July 5, 2018


Past Nigerian Football Stars: Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh is a Nigerian football manager and former player of the super eagles. He was born on the 14th day of September in 1974 to Mr and Mrs Oliseh in Abavo, Delta State, Nigeria.

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He also started from Julius Berger Fc in Lagos before going to Belgium for trials in 1990 in which he was signed to RFC Liege and straight into the first team squad. In his active playing career, he played as a midfielder.

He is married to Hafidahh and is blessed with children, a boy Denzel and a girl.

Career as a Player

A physical yet technically gifted defensive midfielder

, Oliseh played for world-famous clubs such as AFC AjaxBorussia Dortmund and Juventus F.C..

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Oliseh played 63 international matches and scored three goals for Nigeria, and played at the Football World Cups of 1994and 1998. Oliseh also participated in the Olympic gold medal-winning team of 1996. Sunday Oliseh was voted Africa’s 3rd best footballer in 1998 by CAF

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He is mostly remembered for scoring the winning goal in the group stage match against Spain in the 1998 World Cup, as Nigeria prevailed 3–2. A throw-in deep in the Spanish half was headed clear by Fernando Hierro – Oliseh ran and fired an explosive shot from 25 yards and took Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta completely by surprise. After missing out on World Cup selection, Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002.

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In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after headbutting teammate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum allegedly over racial remarks.

In January 2006, at the age of 31, Oliseh retired from professional football after playing a half season for Belgian top club K.R.C. Genk.

Career as a Coach

Oliseh started his coaching career in Belgium with youth teams in the Belgian 3rd Division Verviers, notably the Under 19 team. Graduated to the first team as chief coach season 2008–09 Verviers. During the 2014–15 season, he was appointed as the Chief Coach and Club Manager of RCS VISE Belgium 3rd Division.

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In 2015–16, was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) the National Team Chief Coach of Nigeria (Super Eagles of Nigeria) where he made an impressive statistic of; 14 Games (Only 2 losses) 19 Goals scored, 6 conceded. He qualified Nigeria to the CHAN tournament in Rwanda, qualified Nigeria to the Group phase of the 2018 world cup Qualifiers and on his first game as Chief Coach of Nigeria in an AFCON qualifier managed a draw in Tanzania. He resigned as Nigeria’s national coach on 26 February 2016 exactly a month to the team’s encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the AFCON qualifiers. He was barely 8 months into his stay as manager due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages and benefits to his players, Asst. Coaches and himself. On 27 December 2016, it was announced that Oliseh had been appointed as the new manager of Fortuna Sittard. He was later fired on 14 February 2018 and claimed the reason he was fired was because he refused to participate in illegal activities at the club.

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His Honours Include:


Eredivisie: 1997–98
KNVB Cup: 1997–98, 1998–99

Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga: 2001–02
UEFA Cup: 2001–02 (Runner-up)


African Cup of Nations: 1994
Olympic Gold Medal: 1996
Afro Asian Cup 1995

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