NFF Celebrates Former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh @46
By Amaechi Agbo
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Monday honoured former coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh on his 46th birthday., Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
Oliseh, based in Germany, today marked his 46th birthday and the NFF went on its twitter to celebrate the 1994 AFCON winner.
“Happy birthday to former @NGSuperEagles captain and coach, @SundayOOliseh,” the tweet reads
The federation thanked him for the memories he brought to the national team and wished him well.
“Thank you for the memories. Have a good one legend!”
Sunday Oliseh played 63 international matches and scored three goals for Nigeria, and played at the FIFA World Cups of 1994 and 1998.
Oliseh also participated in the Olympic gold medal winning team of 1996 with the Dream Team who defeated Brazil in the semifinal before triumphing against Argentina in the final of the 1996 Olympic Football event in Atlanta, USA.
Following his blistering performances at club and country, Sunday Oliseh was voted Africa’s third best footballer in 1998 by CAF.
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 against the European powerhouse.
Despite captaining Nigeria during the
2002 African Cup of Nations, Oliseh was omitted from his Nigeria’s World Cup squad later that year for disciplinary reasons. After missing out on World Cup selection, Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002 for having led the team as they demanded unpaid allowances and dues owed to be paid.
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 2015 the firmer Juventus and Borusia Dortmund player was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) the National Team Chief Coach of the Super Eagles
He made an impressive statistic after 14 Games (Only 2 losses) 19 Goals scored, 6 conceded.
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 at about 2:28am on 26 February 2016 exactly a month to the team’s encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the AFCON qualifiers. 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.