CSKA Moscow midfielder Sekou Jabateh Oliseh told Goal.com on Wednesdaythat there were several important reasons that may have creep into his mind in opting to play for Liberia thus given Nigeria the backdoor.
Although bearing a passport for his adopted country, Nigeria, Sekou Jabateh Oliseh pinpointed that he was born in Liberia and both of his parent are Liberians and so there was no way for him to feature for the Super Eagles.
“I have my entire family and friends here in Liberia who would love to see me play for our nation, I love Nigeria but I can’t play for them,” he explained to Goal.com.
Oliseh narrated that he went to Nigeria as a refugee where he gained favour from the Oliseh family who he said he owed a lot, and stated they helped him to reach the level he is currently at.
Despite the family influence and the love, he said he has embedded in him for Liberia, there’s was one key motivational factor in his decision: George Weah.
He remembered the mark left by Weah as far as African football is concerned and the impact he has had on the Liberia national team, the Lone Star.
“He was a great player and an inspiration for any African player and as such, I had taken him as my role model before even reaching this level,” Oliseh said.
“Now I am taking a new challenge at a national team level, it’s huge and challenging, it is not going to be easy but with God above I believe success is sure,” he further explained.
The CSKA youngster also linked his national team challenge to Weah who he said contributed more than just his foot and head work to the team but his personal passion above all.
Commenting on whether he was ever summoned to play for Eagles, Sekou Jabateh Oliseh said he receive a lot of call-ups at the youth level which he snubbed.
“Samson Siasia called me to form part of the Under-17s and I said no because I had a dream to play for Liberia."
Although Liberia is not at the moment among the top ranking football countries in the world, Oliseh is confident that playing for Liberia wouldn’t have any negative impact on his performance and carrier at CSKA Moscow.
Oliseh will now joined a host of overseas Liberian players who have turned out to take on the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
The lad has meanwhile promised to give his all in his first outing in the Red, White and Blue shirt.
He expressed confidence that Liberia can pull out a win thus putting the country on track for possible qualification.