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The Man Oliseh

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 2:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

If all goes as planned, the new National team coach, Sunday Oliseh, would be unveiled in Abuja on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Oliseh would formally takeover the vacant job of Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, a position previously occupied by his former teammate, Stephen Keshi.

Keshi’s appointment was terminated by the federation on July 4. His exit paved the way for the federation to fill the position.

Oliseh in action

Oliseh in action

A peep into his curriculum vitae revealed that as a player, he commenced his professional career as a defensive midfielder with Julius Berger FC of Lagos between1989 and 1990.

The 40-year-old defender and former Super Eagles skipper also played for AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus FC. He scored two goals during his 54 international caps for the Eagles, with 321 appearances for his various clubs.

Oliseh is mainly remembered for scoring the winning goal against Spain in the France 1998 at the group stage, a footage that was extensively used by many television stations then.

He, however, participated in two World Cups, USA `94 and France 1998. Oliseh was a member of the Olympic Games gold medal winning team in the soccer event of in Atlanta Olympic Games tagged Atlanta ‘96.

Oliseh was also a member of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 in Tunisia. During his stint with Ajax FC Holland, he won the Dutch league title with the team.

Oliseh also won the Bundesliga with his team, Borussia Dortmund in 2001- 2002 season and also ended up as runners up in the UEFA champions’ league in the same year.

He had managed 2007 Eupen as Sports Director and in 2008, Vervietois a third division league club in Belgium.

Oliseh’s fiery temper could not be ignored in spite his success both at the national and international level, he was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after punching a teammate, Vahid Hashemain, while on loan to VFL Bochum.

At the Super Eagles, he had 54 outing. In January 2006, Oliseh retired from professional football at the age of 31.

The ex-Eagles player has UEFA professional coaching licence, UEFA grade A (advance) coaching Diploma, UEFA B (Basic) coaching Diploma and Business Management Diploma in Belgium.

He was also a member of FIFA study group.

In 2013, he granted an interview, ruling himself out of the Eagles coaching job in the future at which in response, said: “my wife will kill me’’.

However, former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico, believes Olise is the ideal coach for the Super Eagles because of his qualification and antecedents while playing for the team.

“I believe [Oliseh] is a good choice by the NFF and I wonder why people keep writing him off saying he lacks the experience. Will he not start from somewhere?” Erico said.

“He needs to have a starting point after all he is not the first case we have seen in football and definitely will not be the last.

“Aside from his qualification in coaching which is a proof that he is well trained, it will be easy for him to lift the fortunes of the Eagles he once captained.”

Erico pointed out that he must have grown too big for his hot temperament which could affect his job, while admonishing him to do all it takes to do well.

“That was then as a player. I’m sure with his training and age, he would have overgrown that. Even now, he still needs a little bit of that to help instill discipline in his team,” he continued.

“The NFF must have given him the terms to work with and I’m sure Oliseh knows what they want. I wish him all the best and hope he doesn’t fail Nigerians.

“He needs to look into every area because there is a vacuum already in the Super Eagles which he must fill,” he concluded.

Oliseh becomes the fifth player in the 1994 class of Eagles to handle the senior national team after Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Stephen Keshi.