Sunday Oliseh

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Sunday Oliseh
Personal information
Full name Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh
Date of birth (1971-09-14) 14 September 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Onitsha, Anambra 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– Nigeria

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh (born 14 September 1974 in Abavo, Delta State) is a former Nigerian footballer who in his active player career played as a midfielder. He is the current coach of the Nigerian national football team.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Ahead of the unveiling exercise by the Nigeria Football Federation, newly appointed Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh arrived Abuja, Nigeria the evening of Tuesday 14 July 2015 to take up the job of coaching Nigeria's national team, the Super Eagles.[4]

Football career[edit]

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

Oliseh played 54 international matches and scored two goals[5] 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.

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 a defender – Oliseh ran and fired an explosive shot from 25 yards and took Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta completely by surprise.[6] 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.[7]

In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after punching team-mate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum.[8][9]

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.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

[11]

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]

[11]

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. ^ "Sunday Oliseh appointed as Nigeria coach". Oluwashina Okeleji. BBC Sport. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ http://saharareporters.com/2015/07/14/sunday-oliseh-arrives-abuja-take-nigerias-national-coach-job
  5. ^ Roberto Mamrud (10 Apr 2014). "Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Oliseh goal vs. Spain". [dead link]
  7. ^ Obayiuwana, Osasu (19 June 2002). "Sunday Oliseh quits". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Oliseh shown door after punch-up". CNN. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Oliseh not surprised". BBC News. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Oliseh leaves Genk" (in French). sport.be. [dead link]
  11. ^ 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