Sunday Oliseh

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Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh
Personal information
Full name Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh
Date of birth (1974-09-14) 14 September 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Abavo, Delta State, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Julius Berger
1990–1994 RFC Liège 75 (3)
1994–1995 Reggiana 29 (1)
1995–1997 1. FC Köln 54 (4)
1997–1999 Ajax 54 (8)
1999–2000 Juventus 8 (0)
2000–2004 Borussia Dortmund 53 (1)
2003–2004 VfL Bochum (loan)[1][2] 32 (1)
2005–2006 Genk 16 (0)
Total 321 (18)
National team
1993–2002 Nigeria 54 (2)
Teams managed
2007 Eupen (Sports director)
2008–2009 Verviétois
2015–2016 Nigeria

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh (born and bred in Abavo on 14 September 1974, Parents from Ebedei-Uno community in Ukwuani L.g.a of Delta State) is a former Nigerian footballer who in his active playing career played as a midfielder. He was the coach of the Nigerian national football team from July 14, 2015, until he resigned on February 26, 2016, over a "lack of support",unpaid wages and contract violations by the Nigerain Football Federation (Nff).[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Started his coaching Career in Belgium with youth teams of Belgian 3rd Division Verviers,notably the Under 19 team. Graduated to the First team as chief coach Season 2008-2009 Verviers, -2014/2015 season was appointed as the Chief Coach and Club Manager of RCS VISE Belgium 3Rd Division In 2015-2016 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 at about 2:28am on 26th 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 Due to Contract violations ,lack of Support,Unpaid wages and Benefits to his players,Asst.Coaches & himself.

Football career[edit]

A physical, technical defensive midfielder, Oliseh played for well world famous clubs such as AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus F.C..

Oliseh played 63 international matches and scored three goals[4] for Nigeria, and played at the Football World Cups of 1994 and 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

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.[5] Despite captaining Nigeria during the 2002 African Cup of Nations, Oliseh was omitted from his country's World Cup squad later that year for disciplinary reasons. After missing out on World Cup selection, Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002 for having led the team as they demanded unpaid allowances and dues owed to be paid.[6]

In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after head butting team-mate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum allegedly over racial remarks.[7][8]

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.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

[10]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Belgium League
1990–91 Liège First Division 3 0
1991–92 16 1
1992–93 30 2
1993–94 26 0
Italy League
1994–95 Reggiana Serie A 29 1
Germany League
1995–96 Köln Bundesliga 24 0
1996–97 30 4
Netherlands League
1997–98 Ajax Eredivisie 29 5
1998–99 25 3
Italy League
1999–00 Juventus Serie A 8 0
Germany League
2000–01 Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 22 0
2001–02 18 1
2002–03 2 0
2002–03 Bochum 11 0
2003–04 21 1
2004–05 Borussia Dortmund 11 0
Belgium League
2005–06 Genk First Division 16 0
Country Belgium 91 3
Italy 37 1
Germany 139 6
Netherlands 54 8
Total 321 18

International career statistics[edit]

[10]

Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 1 0
1994 11 0
1995 3 0
1996 1 0
1997 4 0
1998 7 2
1999 3 0
2000 10 0
2001 7 0
2002 7 0
Total 54 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax
Borussia Dortmund

Country[edit]

Nigeria

Personal[edit]

His younger brothers, Azubuike and Egutu, are also professional footballers; another brother is Churchill Oliseh and his nephew is Sekou Oliseh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bochum release Oliseh". BBC Sport. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Bennett, Mark (28 April 2004). "Ruhr treat for Bochum". UEFA. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.360nobs.com/2016/02/sunday-oliseh-quits-super-eagles-former-captain-quits-as-head-coach/
  4. ^ Roberto Mamrud (10 Apr 2014). "Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Oliseh goal vs. Spain". Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Obayiuwana, Osasu (19 June 2002). "Sunday Oliseh quits". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Oliseh shown door after punch-up". CNN. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Oliseh not surprised". BBC News. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Oliseh leaves Genk" (in French). sport.be. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. 
  10. ^ a b "Oliseh, Sunday". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Uche Okechukwu
Nigeria Captain
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Jay-Jay Okocha