Audacity to Refuse

Audacity to Refuse


From the outside, the world only gets to see the professional footballer’s glamour moments and the seemingly easy lifestyle that comes with it. But the tough realities, extreme challenges, and sometimes near-death experiences that they have to live with day in, day out, will shock you.

Being an African or a minority further multiplies these challenges. “Audacity to Refuse” traces the legendary Sunday Oliseh’s untold inside story from being a young footballer in Nigeria to starring for some of Europe’s greatest clubs. This book shares Oliseh’s rise to world-wide fame while dealing with innumerable trials and tribulations.


This is the story of a treasured sports icon who journeyed from childhood poverty to winning the Olympic gold medal for his fatherland, and multiple other trophies for clubs and country. In this fascinating autobiography, Sunday Oliseh guides you through his time spent playing for top renowned football clubs, challenging notions of racism, confronting corruption in football administration in his country and gaining both respect and criticism for refusing to accept limitations placed before minorities.

Explore what it takes for a rising African star to embark on a life full of hurdles and trying encounters, from club to club and country to country, and yet still possessing the audacity to refuse – to never back down or give up.


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