No regret playing for Poland - Olisadebe
No regret playing for Poland - Olisadebe

No regret playing for Poland - Olisadebe

Former Polish international Emmanuel Olisadebe has said he has no regret playing for the European country.

The 40-year-old was the first black player to represent the Polish national team and also helped them qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

“I don’t have any regrets playing for Poland, I still have a very cordial relationship with the people. It was my decision to represent them and also mine to leave,” the former Striker told

“It was a personal decision; my state of mind and my position at the time, it just felt ideal.

“In football, you always had a mentor or someone looking out for you, who guides you, for me, it was my Coach.

“Back then we had won a domestic treble and my Coach, who was arguably the best in the Country at the time, was appointed as the national team Manager.

“He told them he needed me because we had achieved everything together. Then he brought up the matter with.

“Initially, I was sceptical because no Black man had ever played for the Polish national team. So one day, during practice Press men beseeched me, they wrapped me up with a muffler and I just went with the flow; they already heard the news before I did.”

His short spell with Poland earned 25 caps in four years scoring 11 goals, including the opener in the 3-1 win over USA

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