Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh (born 14 September 1974) is a Nigerian football manager and former player. In his active playing career he played as a midfielder. He is widely regarded as one of the best African midfielders of all time.
|Full name||Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh|
|Date of birth||14 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Abavo, Delta State, Nigeria|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1995–1997||1. FC Köln||54||(4)|
|2003–2004||→ VfL Bochum (loan)||32||(1)|
|2007||Eupen (Sports director)|
|2022–||SV 19 Straelen|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Oliseh played 63 international matches and scored three goals 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 third 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. 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.
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.
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 at about 2:28am 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 fired on 14 February 2018, and claimed the reason he was fired was because he refused to participate in illegal activities at the club.
After two years without a club, in March 2020, Oliseh stated that he had turned down "two jobs from Belgian clubs", but that he waited for the right offer.
Style of playEdit
Although Oliseh essentially played as a defensive midfielder throughout his career, Jonathan Wilson noted in a 2013 article for The Guardian that he was an early example of a more creative interpreter of this role, who focussed more on ball retention and passing rather than solely looking to win back possession.
|Liège||1990–91||Belgian First Division||3||0|
|Genk||2005–06||Belgian First Division||16||0|
- "Bochum release Oliseh". BBC Sport. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Bennett, Mark (28 April 2004). "Ruhr treat for Bochum". UEFA. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Roberto Mamrud (10 April 2014). "Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Oliseh goal vs. Spain". YouTube. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011.
- Obayiuwana, Osasu (19 June 2002). "Sunday Oliseh quits". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Oliseh shown door after punch-up". CNN. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Oliseh not surprised". BBC News. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Oliseh leaves Genk" (in French). sport.be. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.
- "Sunday Oliseh Quits Super Eagles: Coach Resigns Over Lack Of Suppor". www.360nobs.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- Fortuna Sittard verrast: Oliseh is de nieuwe trainer (Dutch). NOS. 27 December 2016.
- "FORTUNA SITTARD STELT SUNDAY OLISEH OP NON-ACTIEF" (in Dutch). Fortuna Sittard. 14 February 2018. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018.
- Sunday Oliseh on Twitter Sunday Oliseh. 14 February 2018.
- Titus, Vincent (18 March 2020). "Sunday Oliseh reveals why he is yet to return to management". Futaa. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
As reported by Sports Extra, Oliseh says he is yet to receive the right offer having turned down two jobs from Belgian clubs. The 45-year-old has been without a club for the last two years since parting ways with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard in 2018.
- Nigeria legend Oliseh primed for coaching return with German club SV Straelen Goal.com. 22 June 2022.
- [https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/06/22/oliseh-appointed-coach-in-germany/ Oliseh Appointed Coach in Germany ] Thisdaylive.com. 22 June 2022.
- Wilson, Jonathan (18 December 2013). "The Question: what does the changing role of holding midfielders tell us?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- "Oliseh, Sunday". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Rennes Juventus 2 - 2 (Aggregate: 2 - 4)". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2020.