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Last Updated: Friday, 12 March, 2004, 15:01 GMT
Oliseh not surprised
Nigeria's Sunday Oliseh
Sunday Oliseh has now been released by Borussia Dortmund
Nigerian midfielder Sunday Oliseh has said he is not surprised that he was released by German club Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund's move comes after the Super Eagles player broke a team mate's nose during a fracas while he was on loan at VfL Bochum.

The incident resulted in Oliseh's loan deal at Bochum being terminated, where the Nigerian had been on loan since 2003.

Dortmund, who were still paying part of the player's salary, released a statement on Friday saying that they had released him from his contract, which was meant to run until 2005.

Oliseh clashed with Iran striker Vahid Hashemian in the Bochum changing rooms after a 0-0 draw with Hansa Rostock on 28 February.

The argument between the two ended with Oliseh head-butting Hashemian and breaking his nose.

Dortmund had been hoping that Bochum would buy me so that they could save some money
Sunday Oliseh

Yet when Oliseh spoke exclusively to BBC Sport, he said that he was expecting the news.

"I was not surprised, I was expecting this," he said.

"I had already made it clear, that although I had another year on my contract, I wouldn't be going back to play for them."

Oliseh went onto say that his release came at a convenient time for Dortmund who are in financial trouble.

"Dortmund had been hoping that Bochum would buy me so that they could save some money."

The 29-year-old midfielder, who was in the Nigeria squad that won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and the 1996 Olympic title, was philosophical about the early end to his season.

"If I had torn a ligament instead, I'd be out until the end of the season too, so that's how I am looking at this latest situation," he explained.

"I am keeping fit by training with a team near where I live, but I can't say who they are at the moment."

Oliseh, who has had stints at Juventus, Ajax and Cologne, will be able to join a new club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Oliseh has hinted that he would return to play for the Super Eagles in the future should the team ever need him.




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