Sekou Oliseh

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Sekou Oliseh
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Oliseh playing for CSKA Moscow in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sekou Jabateh Oliseh
Date of birth (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
2006–2008 Midtjylland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Midtjylland 5 (0)
2009 CSKA Moscow (loan) 5 (1)
2010–2015 CSKA Moscow 65 (3)
2013–2014 PAOK (loan) 23 (4)
2014–2015 Kuban Krasnodar (loan) 12 (4)
2015- Al-Gharafa 0 (0)
National team
2010– Liberia[1] 15 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2014.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2013

Sekou Jabateh Oliseh (born 5 June 1990) is a Liberian international footballer who currently plays for Qatari side Al-Gharafa, as a right winger.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Oliseh was adopted by Nigerian ex-professional footballer Churchill Oliseh at a young age.[3] His uncles are fellow footballers Azubuike Oliseh, Egutu Oliseh and Sunday Oliseh.


Early career[edit]

Oliseh began his career in his adopted home country Nigeria with Ebedei, before moving to Danish side Midtjylland in 2006.[4] Between 2008 and 2009, Oliseh made 5 league appearance for Midtjylland,[5] before moving on loan to Russian side CSKA Moscow in July 2009.[6] In December 2009, the loan deal became permanent as Oliseh signed a 5-year deal with CSKA.[7]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] Another winning goal followed on 20 September, scoring the only goal in the home victory against Sibir Novosibirsk.[10]

Oliseh joined Greek club PAOK on loan in January 2013,[11] with the deal being in extended in July 2013.[12] Oliseh again went o out on loan in July 2014, this time to Kuban Krasnodar,[13] returning to CSKA during the winter break after Kuban declined to extend his loan.[14] Oliseh official left CSKA upon on the expiration of his contract in June 2015.[15]

International career[edit]

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.[16]

Oliseh then made his debut on 5 September 2010 against Zimbabwe and scored the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw for Liberia.[17]


  1. ^ Sekou Oliseh at
  2. ^ Sekou Oliseh profile at Soccerway
  3. ^ Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Fan-Website
  4. ^ (Danish) FC Midtjylland profile
  5. ^ (Danish) Danmarks Radio
  6. ^ Liberian Discovered With CSKA Moscow!
  7. ^ PFC CSKA sign Sekou Oliseh
  8. ^ "Матч ЦСКА 4 – 0 Кубань". 
  9. ^ "Матч ЦСКА 4 – 0 Анжи". 
  10. ^ "CSKA Moskva vs. Sibir Novosibirsk". Soccer Way. Global Sports Media. 
  11. ^ Αποχαιρέτησε τους συμπαίκτες του ο Ολίσε (in Greek). 30 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sekou Oliseh: "There’s nowhere like PAOK". PAOK. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  13. ^ ОЛИСЕ СТАЛ ИГРОКОМ "КУБАНИ". (in Russian). FC Kuban Krasnodar. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Сергей Доронченко: Кубань» не будет продлевать аренду Секу Олисе. (in Russian). 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ Секу Олисе и Павел Котов покинули ПФК ЦСКА. (in Russian). CSKA Moscow. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ Moses Kollie Garzeawu (3 September 2010). "Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Reveals George Weah Influenced His Decision To Play For Liberia". 
  17. ^ Moses Kollie Garzeawu (5 September 2010). "Liberia 1–1 Zimbabwe: Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Scores On Debut To Save A Point For Lone Star".