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The Man Oliseh

Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh was born 0n September 14, 1974 in Abavo, Delta State. 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 throwin 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 Cup squad later that year for disciplinary reasons. After missing out on World Cup selection, Oliseh retired from international football in June 2002. In March 2004, Oliseh was sacked by Borussia Dortmund after punching teammate Vahid Hashemian while on loan at VfL Bochum.

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