Sunday Oliseh named head coach of Dutch club Fortuna Sittard
Posted: 28 December 2016 Time: 08:58
Former Nigeria international midfielder and national team coach Sunday Oliseh is to take over at struggling Dutch second division club Fortuna Sittard in a rare managerial appointment for an African in European football.
The 42-year-old will start next week on an 18-month contract with an option for as further year, the club announced.
“With Sunday, Fortuna is choosing a trainer who is young and ambitions, who has a vision and who the players will look up to” said club investor Isitan Gün. “We are seeking someone who can combine attractive football with the pure will to win. In Sunday, we think we have found this coach.”
Sittard fired Ben van Dael 11 days ago as they dropped to third from bottom in the standing with 15 points from 19 games.
Oliseh was briefly coach of Nigeria, quitting in February after just eight months. He claimed he had not been paid his wages.
Oliseh has also served as technical director at Eupen in Belgium, where he has lived since ending his playing career His playing career included stints at FC Cologne and Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga, Juventus in Italy and Ajax Amsterdam.
While European coaches head to Africa regularly, many of them untried and untested and in search of a kick start to their careers, there has been little traffic in the other direction. The only other African born coach at a first or second division club in a major league in Europe is former Angola international Lito Vidigal. He was born in Luanda but brought up in Portugal. The 47-year-old is in charge of 12th placed Arouca.
Africa’s only major international coach was Mario Wilson, who managed Portugal between 1978 and 1980 and had three spells in charge of Benfica. He hailed originally from Mozambique.