Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh (born September 14, 1974 in Abavo, Delta State) is a former Nigerian footballer, who played as a midfielder.

Football career

A physical, technical central midfielder, Oliseh played for well known clubs such as AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund (two separate stints) and Juventus F.C..

Oliseh played 63 international matches and scored 4 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 got deflected by a defender. Oliseh ran and fired an explosive shot from midway between the halfline and the 18-yard box and took Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta completely by surprise.

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.


His younger brothers, Azubuike and Egutu, are also professional footballers.


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