Only the most die-hard Juventus fan will remember the name Sunday Oliseh. After all, this talented Nigerian midfielder only spent one season in Turin as a player Black and White. And as you can imagine, he did not leave much of a trace – except for the fact that he was the first African player in the history of the old lady.
Oliseh finished his only season at Juventus in the 1999/2000 season with just eight Serie A matches, and coach Carlo Ancelotti preferred to rely on Antonio Conte and Gianluca Pessotto instead in midfield.
The Nigerian had a little more space in the UEFA Cup, playing five caps and managing to score his only goal as a Black and White. It happened in his first match on October 21, 1999. Oliseh scored Juventus’ goal in a 3-1 away win over Levski Sofia.
Despite his lackluster stint at Juventus, Sunday Oliseh was anything but an unknown player. Before and after his stint in Turin, he earned more glory at Ajax and Borussia Dortmund to win one Dutch title and Germany.
Oliseh, the Nigerian international, was part of the Super Eagles that won a thrilling gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and appeared in two World Cups. He is mostly remembered for the amazing goal he scored for Spain in France 1998.
About the time you forgot at Juventus, he once said:
“It wasn’t one of the best moments of my career, and I didn’t feel good in the locker room. I didn’t like how I was treated. In September, three months later, I asked Luciano Moggi [the Juve Sport Director] To release him but he said no (…) It is not anyone’s fault how my experience with Juventus went. This was not the time for me to move there. “