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Get to know Sunday Oliseh, the legendary football figure, through this brief biography. Explore his net worth, salary, wife, house, and age, and gain insights into his remarkable career.
Nigeria had her glory days of football in the early 90s and 2000s during which absolutely talented players graced the national team.
As of today, most of these stars have grown to become Nigerian legends in the soccer game – thanks to their immense efforts to put the country’s name in an esteemed and honourable place on the global stage.
One such player is Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh. Oliseh was pretty much dependable for Nigeria in his balling days; such that he reached the pinnacle of the game and attained a legendary status locally and globally.
Naijnaira.com have chronicled this article in order to reveal the concealed and unknown facts about the legendary midfield maestro.
Sunday Oliseh Profile
- Full name: Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh
- Date of birth: 14 September 1974 (age 48)
- Place of birth: Abavo, Delta State, Nigeria
- Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
- Position: Defensive midfielder
- Current Club: SV 19 Straelen (manager)
- 1989–1990: Julius Berger
- 1990–1994: RFC Liège; 75 Apps; (3 Gls)
- 1994–1995: Reggiana; 29 Apps; (1 Gls)
- 1995–1997: 1. FC Köln; 54 Apps; (4 Gls)
- 1997–1999: Ajax;54 Apps; (8 Gls)
- 1999–2000: Juventus; 8 Apps
- 2000–2004: Borussia Dortmund; 53 Apps; (1 Gl)
- 2003–2004 → VfL Bochum (loan); 32 Apps; (1 Gl)
- 2005–2006: Genk; 16 Apps
Total: 321 Apps; (18 Gls)
1993–2002: Nigeria; 54 Apps; (2 Gls)
- 2007: Eupen (Sports director)
- 2008–2009: Verviétois
- 2015–2016: Super Eagles of Nigeria
- 2017–2018: Fortuna Sittard
- 2022– SV 19 Straelen
Sunday Oliseh Biography
Oliseh was born on September 14, 1974, in Abavo Delta State to a father who is an accountant and a businesswoman mother. He is the second of his parents’ five children.
While growing up in the streets of Festac town in Lagos, Ogochukwu played street football for years as a teenager during his primary and secondary school days.
And when he entered Lagos State University, he had the opportunity of representing the school team in the 1991 edition of the NUGA Games.
But his football career didn’t start officially until he signed for Julius Berger despite that he was still in school.
He was playing for the Julius Berger team when he was linked up with a Belgian football agent who took him to Europe for trials.
Against all odds, Oliseh’s trials in Belgium was successful and he subsequently signed for RFC Liege.
After playing for the Belgian side FC Liege for four years, Oliseh was transferred to other clubs namely Ajax, Juventus F.C, AC Reggiana and KRC Genk Belgium.
He also had stints with Borussia Dortmund and VFL Bochum in Germany. He was sacked from Dortmund in 2004 after a clash with his teammate, Vahid Hashemi over alleged racial remarks.
The former Juventus midfielder’s career for the Super Eagles spanned nine years, with 54 caps and two goals scored.
He was part of Nigeria’s Gold winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and also represented Nigeria at two World Cup tournaments (1994 and 1998) respectively.
He captained Nigeria in the 2002 AFCON competition but wasn’t part of the team that travelled to the World Cup in Korea and Japan due to disciplinary reasons.
After the 2022 World Cup, Sunday Oliseh called time on his international football career on a sad note, due to unpaid allowances and dues.
Four years later, Sunday Oliseh officially retired from club football and kicked off a managing career in football afterwards.
Life as a manager
The former Nigeria international started his coaching career in the nation where he honed his football skills by coaching youth teams in the third division of the Belgian league, notably the U19 teams.
He did this until 2015 when he was appointed by the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation as the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, with an astonishing record of 2 losses in 14 games.
Oliseh however, couldn’t help Nigeria qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 2017; but he did qualify Nigeria for the CHAN tournament in Rwanda, as well as the qualification to the Group phase of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
Exactly a month before the team’s encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the AFCON qualifiers in 2016, Sunday Oliseh resigned as Nigeria’s national coach, citing the lack of support, unpaid wages and benefits to his players as the reason for his resignation.
His other managerial sojourn was at Fortuna Sittard where he was fired after four months.
After two years without a club, in March 2020, Oliseh stated that he had turned down “two jobs from Belgian clubs”, but that he waited for the right offer.
In June 2022, he was appointed as the new head coach of German club SV 19 Straelen but after just two months in charge, he quit his position after the team suffered five losses in five games.
His Wife and Family
Who is Sunday Oliseh Wife? Sunday Oliseh was a well-travelled player around the world and as such, was able to come across a Belgian Moroccan woman whose name is Hafidah.
The pair got married and their union has spanned for decades with two beautiful children to show for it.
Sunday Oliseh has two younger brothers currently playing football professionally; Azubuike and Egutu. It gets easier for them as Sunday’s career would open doors for them in the world of football.
Sunday Oliseh Net worth
As a made ex-footballer, Oliseh is currently worth about ₦150,000,000 as he is still making money as a football manager in Nigeria, Belgium and other countries of the world.
The Nigerian man was recently selected alongside Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann, Arsene Wenger and a few others to be in charge of the technical aspects of the preparation for the World Cup to ensure a successful outing.
Oliseh describes the privilege as surreal especially with the platform to learn with one of the best in the game who is encompassing in all aspects of technical expert abilities.
“Working with Arsene Wenger is totally enriching. His ability to be a leader of FIFA Experts, whilst still leaving room for huge inputs from experts as he guides us forward to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, is simply phenomenal,” he confessed.
Reports online have revealed that his salary internationally as a coach is solid 6 figures. A coach in Belgium makes an average of ₦5,000,000 a month excluding benefits – this explains better how wealthy the former Eagles midfielder is.
Sunday Oliseh Cars and Houses
Sunday Oliseh has two houses in Lagos and one house in Delta State. All 3 houses are 2-storey buildings. He drives a 2016 Nissan Altima and a 2015 Jeep Liberty.
Sunday Oliseh recently bought a 2018 Toyota Highlander for his use in Nigeria.
This article was updated 3 months ago