Audacity to refuse

Sunday Oliseh

My Story

From the outside, the world only gets to see the professional footballer’s glamour moments and the seemingly easy lifestyle that comes with it. But the tough realities, extreme challenges, and sometimes near-death experiences that they have to live with day in, day out, will shock you. 

Audacity to refuse

Sunday Oliseh

My Story

From the outside, the world only gets to see the professional footballer’s glamour moments and the seemingly easy lifestyle that comes with it. But the tough realities, extreme challenges, and sometimes near-death experiences that they have to live with day in, day out, will shock you. 

Meet the man

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Sunday Oliseh is a Multiple title-winning Ex Professional footballer for Nigeria and top world club sides like Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam, and Borussia Dortmund.

An Olympics Gold medalist and African champion for Nigeria, Oliseh Is currently a FIFA Technical committee member, UEFA Professional licensed Coach, and an international Football consultant /analyst who has provided services for CNN, BBC, Supersports South Africa, and Malaysia, amongst others.
A 16 years long Pro. Career footballer, Oliseh was 10 years long International for Nigeria, Captain, coach and was instrumental in putting Nigeria on the top of world football in the Golden years of Nigeria’s football.

Considered by Many internationally as the best defensive midfielder to ever come out of Nigeria, Oliseh was voted 3rd best African player of the year 1998 and by a National poll vote in Nigeria by Guinness, as the Best defensive Midfielder, ever in Nigeria’s History!

As a coach, Oliseh orchestrated then cash-strapped Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands to the Dutch premier division from the bottom lower division in just 14 months in charge.Married to Hafida Boularbah and father to two children, Denzel and Shanice Oliseh. Sunday Oliseh settled down in Europe after his active playing years and is a passionate Tennis and Snooker player. Loves to travel and meet people”.

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AMBASSADOR ADAMU AZIMEYEH EMOZOZO
Former Nigeria's Ambassador To Brazil, Bolivia And Paraguay.
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"The book, 'Audacity to Refuse' inspires a sense of commitment, the virtue of service and effective leadership, inspiration for survival, advocacy for empathy and abidance to the best ethos in human values. It is a must read all ..."
DR. MED. PETER SCHÄFERHOFF
Specialist in orthopedics, sports medicine and chiropractic, Team doctor for 1. FC Cologne
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These insights from “Audacity to Refuse” are so revealing and captivating I could not put the book down…”
JOHNNY EDWARDS
Multiple Awards Winning Sports Journalist
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"For those who had yearned for the story of Nigeria's Golden Generation told by the key players, Audacity to Refuse, is it!"
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Meet the man

The Book

From the outside, the world only gets to see the professional footballer’s glamour moments and the seemingly easy lifestyle that comes with it. But the tough realities, extreme challenges, and sometimes near-death experiences that they have to live with day in, day out, will shock you.

Being an African or a minority further multiplies these challenges. “Audacity to Refuse” traces the legendary Sunday Oliseh’s untold inside story from being a young footballer in Nigeria to starring for some of Europe’s greatest clubs. This book shares Oliseh’s rise to world-wide fame while dealing with innumerable trials and tribulations.

This is the story of a treasured sports icon who journeyed from childhood poverty to winning the Olympic gold medal for his fatherland, and multiple other trophies for clubs and country. In this fascinating autobiography, Sunday Oliseh guides you through his time spent playing for top renowned football clubs, challenging notions of racism, confronting corruption in football administration in his country and gaining both respect and criticism for refusing to accept limitations placed before minorities.

Explore what it takes for a rising African star to embark on a life full of hurdles and trying encounters, from club to club and country to country, and yet still possessing the audacity to refuse – to never back down or give up… 

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