Hero Spirit of '94: Sunday Oliseh

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Sunday Oliseh earned his good reputation for his display at the heart of the midfield in the United States

Nigeria’s golden football generation will always be celebrated for putting the country at its zenith and one man who was a key component of that era was Sunday Oliseh.

Combative yet skillful and technically gifted, Oliseh put in solid displays as the Super Eagles lifted their second ever continental title, beating Zambia 2-1 in Tunis.

He would then go on to play every minute of the nation’s maiden appearance at the global tournament, where they reached the round of 16.

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Oliseh will fondly be remembered for his screamer against Spain in the 1998 edition of the tournament where he ran a great length of the field before firing a thunderous shot past Andoni Zubizarreta to gift Nigeria a memorable 3-2 win over the fancy La Roja squad.

Oliseh - who also took gold at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, had a glittering career that saw him play for big European clubs Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

The former Julius Berger midfielder has been an outspoken and controversial figure throughout his career, but it never took away the fine and celebrated figure he continues to be.

Now 43 years old, Oliseh has ventured into football coaching, managing now-defunct Belgian clubs Vervietois between 2008 and 2009 as well as Vise in 2015, the Super Eagles between 2015 and 2016 and most recently Dutch outfit Fortuna Sittard, with whom he partly achieved top-flight promotion after 16 years in the second tier.

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