Liberia's Oliseh promises Eagles 'explosive' clash
LIBERIA top star Sekou Oliseh has said he expects an
“explosive” 2013 AFCON qualifier against “my second country”
Nigeria in September.
The gifted CSKA Moscow of Russia forward played in Nigeria
after he was adopted by football agent Churchill Oliseh,
older brother of former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh.
He will now be expected to lead the charge of the country of
his birth against the Super Eagles for a place in next
year's Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by South Africa.
Oliseh specially told MTNFootball.com from his Russian
club's pre-season training base that he expects an
interesting clash on September 8 in Monrovia.
“It is going to be an explosive game. I will not only play
against Ahmed Musa, my best friend, but I will also be
facing my second country.
“I love Nigeria because I have a father in Nigeria,
Churchill Oliseh, who made me what I am today, but I have to
do my best for Liberia in that game.
“Nigeria have a good team but Liberia will fight in this
match. The better side should win the match.”
The Super Eagles have lost only once to Liberia, when they
fell 2-1 during a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Monrovia.
Both countries have met 12 times with Nigeria having upper
hand with 8 victories and 3 draws. The first meeting was in
1963 in Monrovia which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Sekou also revealed to MTNFootball.com that it took him
three years to decide whether to play for Nigeria or
“The decision to play for Liberia was not easy because I had
to choose between Nigeria and Liberia,” he told
“I would have played for Nigeria when I was called to the
U17 national team in 2007, but I was called for trials in
Denmark which I had to go, so from that time till 2009, I
was pondering on either I should choose Nigeria or Liberia,
and it was only later that I decided on Liberia.”
Oliseh's Nigeria teammate at CSKA Moscow, Ahmed Musa, on his
own part, has said his close friendship with the Liberia
star will be set aside when both countries clash in an AFCON
Musa, who spoke exclusively with MTNFootball.com, said there
is nothing like friendship on the pitch and that he is ready
to see off his best friend and his national team in the
South Africa 2013 AFCON.
“It is going to be great facing Sekou, he is a great player,
but I will contribute to the downfall of his team,” declared
Musa, who shared a house with the Liberia star when he first
arrived in Russia.