The former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh was unveiled in Abuja yesterday, 15th July, 2015 as the new coach of the Nigerian Senior Men’s Football team, two weeks after another former captain Stephen Keshi was sacked.
Oliseh who was the overwhelming favorite to be handed the role immediately stated out what his ‘modus operandi’ will be and this will come as a shock to many Nigerians. On his unveiling ceremony in Abuja, the 40-year-old said:
“It’s a great honor to be coach of this great nation. I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%…No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for the Super Eagles…” he concluded. Now that’s a bombshell!
Well, here are 15 things you may need to know about the new Super Eagles coach:
1. Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh was born on the 14th of September 1974 in Abavo, Delta State.
2. Oliseh played 54 international matches and scored two goals for Nigeria.
3. He played at the Football World Cups of 1994 and 1998.
4. Oliseh also participated in the Olympic gold medal winning team of 1996.
5. 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 the World Cup squad later that year for disciplinary reasons.
7. Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002.
8. He is arrogantly over-confident. He has rejected calls in the past to come and lend his expertise to Nigerian football as an assistant coach.
9. In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after punching team-mate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum.
10. 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.
11. In 2007, he was appointed the Sports Director of K.A.S. Eupen – a Belgian association football club based in the city of Eupen in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, in the province of Liège.
12. Between 2008 and 2009, he worked as a team manager for R.C.S. Verviétois, another Belgian association football club from the municipality of Verviers, Liège.
13. In 2013, he was appointed into the Technical Study Group of world’s football governing body, FIFA.
14. Sunday Oliseh is the fifth player in the 1994 class to handle the senior national team after Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Keshi.
15. Oliseh will be assisted by a Belgian technical adviser, Jean Francois Losciuto.
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