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Why Sunday Oliseh joined dumped Nigeria for Dutch side Fortuna

Former Super Eagles Coach and Captain Sunday Oliseh has been officially unveiled as coach of Dutch second division side Fortuna Sittard and has expressed his delight at joining the Dutch outfit while giving reasons for his choice of Fortuna

The 42 year old Nigerian and his assistant Tini Ruijs were officially presented to the media in an elaborate ceremony at the Fortuna press room which was uncharacteristically filled to the brim with reporters who all wanted to meet Fortuna’s famous new handler

Sunday Oliseh in addressing the media stated that he choose to join Fortuna because it presented a good opportunity for him and brought him closer to his family

“I joined Fortuna Because this is a good opportunity for me,” Oliseh said over and over again.

“Years ago I got the highest coaching diploma in England, in a class with guys like Ryan Giggs and Roberto Di Matteo. Now I want to bring my football philosophy into practice.

There were other clubs interested in me. But they are thousands of kilometers away from my home (in Belgium). And I want to be close to my family. My family means the world to me. Is more important than training. But training I love to do most. I contacted Fortuna myself.

I have a manager, but I did it myself. Partly because I wanted to get a feel for the club: what kind of club is Fortuna, where does the club want to go? I spoke with Charly Chudik and liked the conversation we had.”

The former Ajax Amsterdam & Juventus midfielder assured the media he was very familiar with the club stating he played his last game for Ajax against Fortuna

“I know Fortuna very well to be honest. “Every weekend I go to watch a match somewhere in the area,” he said.

“And the last game I played for Ajax was against Fortuna. In stadium De Kuip in Rotterdam, the cup final. It was a good game for me, because we won. So it was not for Fortuna.

Maybe I can now make it up to Fortuna by becoming the trainer here. I had actually hoped to start as a trainer somewhere by the start of next season.

But this opportunity came along and now I’m here.”

Fortuna finished fourth from bottom in the Eerste Divisie last term, and have lost 11 of 19 so far this and Sunday Oliseh who left the Nigeria post acrimoniously will be tasked with ensuring the modest side do not get relegated at the end of the season

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