Great sports stories teach a lot of useful life lessons and these true stories move and inspire readers of all ages, backgrounds, and athletic ability.
Inspiring sports memoirs are some of the most successfully sold books on the market, according to Sports Management Degree Guide.
However, not a lot of African sports men and women, after retirement, document their personal experiences from their active years for the learning of the younger generation and posterity, hence making the world miss out on some of the rich stories and lessons media men and women could not capture.
But there’s a bit of good news for the continent as the former Super Eagles’ player and captain, Sunday Oliseh, has followed in the steps of the very few African athletes like Kenyan marathoner Catherine Ndereba, Ex-Ghanaian Boxing legend Azumah Nelson, etc who either journaled their experiences and later turned them into complete autobiographies or have had their biographies written for them.
Released somewhere last week, Oliseh’s memoir titled “Audacity to Refuse: The Sunday Oliseh story” reveals behind the scenes of the Super Eagles’ road to continental and global success in the 90s and more in Oliseh’s own words.
According to the 46 year old Nigerian legend, “I just share my story with you in the most accurate, truthful, and direct way that I can. I can only just confirm that you will like it.”
The jersey No.15 man also recounts his football philosophy, his highs and lows with the Super Eagles as well as Africa’s footballing potential.
On the release day, Thursday, April 15, the elated 1996 Olympic gold medalist could not hide his joy about what was contained in his book.
“I am excited to say, Finally! It Is Out In Stores now. You can now pick up your copy or online and enjoy the experience of Nigeria’s, Africa’s and My own greatest moments and failures.”
Oliseh also encouraged readers to “Share with us your experience afterward…”
Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh is a Nigerian football manager and former player. In his active playing career he played as a holding midfielder.
He was part of the squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1994.
He also captained the Super Eagles to the 2000 AFCON Finals they co-hosted with Ghana but lost 4–3 on penalties to Cameroon. Oliseh cried when they lost the cup.
Sunday Oliseh plied his club football careers with clubs like Ajax, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
During his career, he played alongside some Nigerian greats like Augustine Eguavoen, Stephen Keshi, Jay Jay Okocha, Emmanuel Amuneke, Rasheed Yekini, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Victor Ikpeba.
He hang his boots in 2006.