Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh is a Nigerian football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He was born on September 14, 1974, a technically gifted defensive midfielder. Oliseh played for well world-famous clubs such as AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus F.C. His brothers Azubuike, Churchill Oliseh and Egutu, are also professional footballers. He is also the uncle of Sekou Oliseh.
He played with the Nigerian National team for 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 captained Nigeria during the 2002 African Cup of Nations. He was omitted from his country’s World Cup squad later that year for disciplinary reasons. 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.
In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after head butting teammate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum allegedly over racial remarks.
Oliseh began 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, he was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) the National Team Chief Coach of Nigeria (Super Eagles of Nigeria). 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 on 26 February 2016, 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 December 2016 Oliseh was appointed as the new manager of Fortuna Sittard but was fired on 14 February 2018, which he claimed the reason was because he refused to participate in illegal activities at the club.
Oliseh is married to Hafida Oliseh.