Turkish Club Chases Jabateh

By Roland Mulbah   Credible report gathered by this paper has indicated that a top Turkish club is keen to sign Liberia’s international versatile player, Sekou Jabateh Oliseh in an attempt to augment their team.

The skilful Liberian is currently out of contract after being released by Russian top flight outfit, CSKA Moscow.

Jabateh’s five-year contract signed in 2010 with the Russian club expired on June 30, 2015.

Jabateh has been on vacation in Monrovia for a protracted period now where there are reports that his agent is in search of a better contract for the play maker.

Our source hinted that clubs in Russia, France, Greece and Italy are after the Liberian signature, but his agent is keen on a lucrative deal in Turkey.

Meanwhile, report in Monrovia that Barrack Young Controller (BYC) has signed Jabateh is false and misleading according to a family source.

Our source hinted that the information is hilarious and only intended to satisfy those who don’t want to see the Jabateh family.

Sekou Jabateh Oliseh

Sekou Jabateh Oliseh (born 5 June 1990) is a Liberian international footballer who last played for Russian side CSKA Moscow, as a winger.

Early and personal life

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Oliseh was adopted by Nigerian ex-professional footballer Churchill Oliseh at a young age. His uncles are fellow footballers Azubuike Oliseh, Egutu Oliseh and Sunday Oliseh.

Early career

Oliseh began his career in his adopted home country Nigeria with Ebedei, before moving to Danish side Midtjylland in 2006. Between 2008 and 2009, Oliseh made 5 league appearances for Midtjylland, before moving on loan to Russian side CSKA Moscow in July 2009. In December 2009, the loan deal became permanent as Oliseh signed a 5-year deal with CSKA.

CSKA Moscow

Oliseh made his debut for CSKA on 4 October 2009 against Kuban Krasnodar and scored his first goal on the same day. He entered the match as a substitute for striker Tomáš Necid in the 70th minute and scored nine minutes later to complete a 4–0 victory for the Army men. He then made his UEFA Champions League debut as a substitute against Besiktas on 8 December 2009, replacing Miloš Krasic in the 82nd minute at the BJK Inönü Stadium.

However, he was not able to secure a first team spot in 2010, due to the presence of fellow attacking midfielder Krasic. Following Krasic’s transfer saga to Juventus, Oliseh received a rare start and did not disappoint. He scored a double in the first half against Anzhi Makhachkala on 15 August 2010, tallying in the 12th minute and then just before half time for manager Leonid Slutskiy’s squad. Another winning goal followed on 20 September, scoring the only goal in the home victory against Sibir Novosibirsk.

Oliseh joined Greek club PAOK on loan in January 2013, with the deal extended in July 2013. He again went out on loan in July 2014; hat time to Kuban Krasnodar, returning to CSKA during the winter break after Kuban declined to extend his loan. Oliseh’s official left CSKA after the expiration of his contract in June 2015.

International career

Oliseh, who is well respected in his homeland, received a call-up to the Liberian national team from manager Bertalan Bicskei in September 2010 for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Zimbabwe. Oliseh honoured the invitation, citing star Liberian forward George Weah as a key motivating factor behind his decision. “I have my entire family and friends in Liberia who would love to see me play for our nation; I love Nigeria but I can’t play for them,” said Oliseh.

Oliseh then made his debut on 5 September, 2010 against Zimbabwe and scored the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw for Liberia on his birthday.