Liberia: Sekou Jabateh Fighting to Bounce Back after Undergoing Knee Surgery


Monrovia – Sekou Jabateh Oliseh has not played competitive football since 2016 following his knee injury. 

The 29-year-old Liberian winger has been battling to regain fitness after being injured for three years. His injury has ruled him out of competitive football at both club and national team levels.

Based on the magnitude of his injury, people had thought that the bright career of the once “Wonder boy” of Liberia, had come to an end. 

But judging from a recent post on Facebook by an Indian national, Joginder Singh Jogi, it seems the former CSKA Moscow’s winger’s return may be sooner than many had thought. Video of the forward undergoing recovery following a successful surgery on his knee, indicate that the winger is on his way to fast recovery.

Jogi said, “Some training moves with an international football player; we are performing some exercises for rehabilitation on his knee.”

“Football is like life; it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and main thing is Passion. These are all quotes that suit Jabateh Sekou, who is an international football player who played against Real Madrid and many more reputed clubs.”

“Currently, he came to India for knee surgery. Day by day, he is getting recovery from the surgery. All the very best,” Joginder wrote feeling happy to have the skillful winger getting close to fitness. 

The name Sekou Jabateh Oliseh had disappeared from the footballing world after a lengthy period on the sideline with a knee injury.

The Liberian international once described as the “Wonder boy” of Liberia, has been pictured in a video fighting his way back to full fitness.

With Liberia now in the group stage of the World Cup 2020 qualifiers many Liberians may be happy to see him back in action for the Lone Star of Liberia.

About Sekou’s career

Sekou Jabateh Oliseh, born 5 June 1990, is a former Liberian professional footballer who plays as a right winger.

Oliseh was adopted by Nigerian former professional footballer Churchill Oliseh at a young age. His uncles are fellow footballers Azubuike Oliseh, Egutu Oliseh and Sunday Oliseh.

Sekou, who had represented his adopted nation of Nigeria since childhood, received a call-up to the Liberian team from former manager Bertalan Bicskein in September 2010 for a 2012 African Nations Cup qualification match against Zimbabwe. Oliseh honored the invitation, citing star Liberian forward George Weah now president 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. 

He moved to Danish side Midtjylland in 2006 from Nigerian club Ebedei Between 2008 and 2009. Oliseh made five 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 five-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. 

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

Oliseh joined Greek club PAOK on loan in January 2013, with the deal being in extended in July 2013. Oliseh again went 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 officially left CSKA upon on the expiration of his contract in June 2015. 

Oliseh joined Astra Giurgiu in March 2016. 

He signed a contract with China League one side, Dalian Yifang on 24 June 2016. He left the Dalian Yifang in December 2016 and has not played since then.