Sunday Oliseh has officially been unveiled today by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). in Abuja as the new Coach for the national team, Super Eagles. The 40-year-old defender and former Super Eagles skipper takes over the job previously previously occupied by his former teammate, Stephen Keshi.
Sunday Oliseh started his professional career as a defensive midfielder with Julius Berger FC of Lagos between1989 and 1990. He played in the super eagles at the USA ’94 and France 1998 World cup tournaments. He was part of the team that shone at Tunisia ’94 winning the Africa Cup of Nations. Oliseh was a member of the Dream Team of Atlanta ’96 that won the gold medal in the soccer event of the Olympic Games . At the Super Eagles, he had 54 outing.
He played for AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus FC. 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.
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. He had managed 2007 Eupen as Sports Director and in 2008, Vervietois a third division league club in Belgium.
This is Oliseh’s first appointment as a national coach. At the official signing and unveiling, Sunday Oliseh has stated he is not a messiah. “I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%”.
He also gave a hint about the quality of players one should look forward to seeing in the national jersey. “No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for Super Eagles”
Sunday Oliseh has always been known to be a team player, described as Pass Master in his days on the field, he was known for his commitment to the super eagles and patriotic as captain of super eagles. He added that it’s a great honour to be coach of the national team and every member of the team should also see playing in the team in that light.
Oliseh is 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.
Amaju Pinnick the President of the NFF had this to say “We have just signed the Pep Guardiola of Africa. And I believe he will succeed. We will do everything humanly possible to ensure Oliseh succeeds. We will give him 100% support”
“He (Oliseh) has been talking about how to restructure our game pattern and that is what redefined German football.” “What he will do will go beyond coaching because he says he really wants to redefine football in Nigeria and one thing I have discovered about him is that he is very passionate,” Pinnick added.