Oliseh playing for CSKA Moscow
|Full name||Sekou Jabateh Oliseh|
|Date of birth||5 June 1990|
|Place of birth||Monrovia, Liberia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
(on loan from CSKA Moscow)
|2009||→ CSKA Moscow (loan)||5||(1)|
|2013–||→ PAOK (loan)||20||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early and personal life
Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Oliseh was adopted by Nigerian ex-professional footballer Churchill Oliseh at a young age. His uncles are fellow footballers Azubuike Oliseh, Egutu Oliseh and Sunday Oliseh.
Oliseh began his career in his adopted home country Nigeria with Ebedei, before moving to Danish side Midtjylland in 2006. Between 2008 and 2009, Oliseh made 5 league appearance for Midtjylland, before moving on loan to Russian side CSKA Moscow in July 2009. In December 2009, the loan deal became permanent as Oliseh signed a 5-year deal with CSKA.
Oliseh made his debut for CSKA on 4 October 2009 against Kuban Krasnodar and scored his first goal on the same day. He entered the match as a substitute for striker Tomáš Necid in the 70th minute and scored nine minutes later to complete a 4–0 victory for the Army men. He then made his UEFA Champions League debut as a substitute against Beşiktaş on 8 December 2009, replacing Miloš Krasić in the 82nd minute at the BJK İnönü Stadium.
However, he was not able to secure a first team spot in 2010, due to the presence of fellow attacking midfielder Krasić. Following Krasić's transfer saga to Juventus, Oliseh received a rare start and did not disappoint. He scored a double in the first half against Anzhi Makhachkala on 15 August 2010, tallying in the 12th minute and then just before halftime for manager Leonid Slutskiy's squad. Another winning goal followed on 20 September, scoring the only goal in the home victory against Sibir Novosibirsk.
Oliseh, who had represented his adopted nation of Nigeria since childhood, received a call-up to the Liberian team from manager Bertalan Bicskei in September 2010 for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Zimbabwe. Oliseh would honor the invitation, citing star Liberian forward George Weah as a key motivating factor behind his decision. "I have my entire family and friends here in Liberia who would love to see me play for our nation, I love Nigeria but I can't play for them," said Oliseh.
Oliseh then made his debut on 5 September 2010 against Zimbabwe and scored the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw for Liberia.
- Sekou Oliseh at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sekou Oliseh profile at Soccerway
- Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Fan-Website
- (Danish) FC Midtjylland profile
- (Danish) Danmarks Radio
- Liberian Discovered With CSKA Moscow!
- PFC CSKA sign Sekou Oliseh
- Sekou Oliseh bleibt bei ZSKA
- "Матч ЦСКА 4 – 0 Кубань". RFPL.org.
- "Матч ЦСКА 4 – 0 Анжи". RFPL.org.
- "CSKA Moskva vs. Sibir Novosibirsk". Soccer Way. Global Sports Media.
- "Αποχαιρέτησε τους συμπαίκτες του ο Ολίσε" (in Greek). olapaok.gr. 30 January 2013.
- Moses Kollie Garzeawu (3 September 2010). "Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Reveals George Weah Influenced His Decision To Play For Liberia". goal.com.
- Moses Kollie Garzeawu (5 September 2010). "Liberia 1–1 Zimbabwe: Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Scores On Debut To Save A Point For Lone Star". Goal.com.