By Roland Mulbah
Many Liberians at home and abroad are concerned about the whereabouts of one time Liberia’s Lone Star wonder boy, SekouJabatehOliseh, who previously played for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League.
Jabateh, who showcased his talents against some of Europe’s top rated clubs including Spanish giant, Real Madrid where he featured in the world most prestigious club competition, the European Champions league, was reported to have signed for Qatari club, Al-Gharafa after his five-year deal signed in 2010 with Russian Premiership side CSKA Moscow expired in June of 2015.
Reports say Al-Gharafa authorities have since declined on the deal and now the whereabouts of the Liberian is unknown.
He went on loan in 2014 to fellow Russian Premiership Outfit, Kuban Krasnodar from CSKA Moscow where he was on fire as he became a regular and scored four goals with several assists via virtuoso performances.
Before moving to Kuban Krasnodar on loan from CSKA Moscow, Sekou also went on loan to Greece top flight side PAOK Salonika.
In retrospect, there were mixed reactions when the 25-year old was loaned to Greece top flight side PAOK Salonika, with connoisseurs indicating that the pacey winger was marking the beginning of the end of his once booming career that saw him showcased against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions league Round of 16 in 2012.
Generally, it is believed that the Greek league is a lowly rated one, and a player leaving a bigger league to play in the Greek league is judged as a player who has a dip in form.
If Jabateh had played well with consistency, he could have wooed his former employer, CSKA Moscow to call him for a renewed deal, but the opposite has caused him to part company with the Russian giant and the speedy player could not spark interest from other bigger clubs as his destiny is now in his own hands.
A source from Asia hinted this paper that Jabateh rejected a deal in Turkey to move to Qatar, but reports say the deal has broken down with the Liberian still club-less.
The source also said his agent is marking efforts to reconnect him with the deal in Turkey knowing that free agents can sign at any time of the season.
He was an unused substitute for Liberia’s Lone Star squad that edged the Carthage Eagle of Tunisia 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia in the second match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Meanwhile, when contacted, a close friend to Jabateh also told this paper that it is true that his friend’s deal with the Qatari club, Al-Gharafa broke down and he is currently in Liberia working on another deal.
The biggest question now being asked by his many admirers and Liberians is: Where is SekouJabatehOliseh?
Sekou Jabateh Oliseh Profile
Date of birth-5 June 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth-Monrovia, Liberia
Height-1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position-Right winger/Striker
2009-CSKA Moscow (loan)
2010–2015 CSKA Moscow
2013–2014 PAOK (loan)
2014–2015 Kuban Krasnodar (loan)
SekouJabatehOliseh (born 5 June 1990) is a Liberian international footballer who currently plays for Qatari side Al-Gharafa, as a right 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 AzubuikeOliseh, EgutuOliseh and Sunday Oliseh.
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 appearance 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.
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 TomášNecid 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 MilošKrasic 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 halftime 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 being in extended in July 2013.Oliseh again went o out on loan in July 2014, this time to Kuban Krasnodar, returning to CSKA during the winter break after Kuban declined to extend his loan.Oliseh official left CSKA upon on the expiration of his contract in June 2015.
Oliseh, who had represented his adopted nation of Nigeria since childhood, received a call-up to the Liberian team from manager BertalanBicskei in September 2010 for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Zimbabwe. Oliseh would honor the invitation, citing star Liberian forward George Weah as a key motivating factor behind his decision. “I have my entire family and friends here 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.