Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh is 41 years old today, September 14, 2015.
Born in the year 1974 in Abavo, Delta State, Oliseh 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.
We at SoccerNet Nigeria wish him a happy Birthday and a prosperous life.
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 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. Despite captaining Nigeria during the 2002 African Cup of Nations, Oliseh was omitted from his country’s World Cups quad later that year for disciplinary reasons. After missing out on World Cup selection, Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002.
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.
After years of studying the game of football and also working as a pundit, Sunday Oliseh was on Tuesday 14 July 2015 unveiled as the new coach of Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles.