By Johnny Edward: Former Super Eagles captain and manager, Sunday Oliseh is delighted to have won the Period 2 title with Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch second division league for the first time in 23 years Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.
The Second Period in the Dutch second tier league (Eerste Divisie/ Jupiler League) consists of matchday 12 to matchday 20 (nine games).
There are four Periods in a season (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th), each is made up of nine matches.
The winner of each of the four periods qualifies for a promotion playoff at the of the season. Only the top team at the end of the season will gain automatic promotion to the Dutch top flight League (Eredivisie).
Sunday Oliseh’s Fortuna Sittard defeated Jong Ajax on matchday 20, which drew the curtain on the Second Period of Eerste Divisie. Fortuna were crowned champions of the Period 2. Jong Ajax won the First Period (matchday 3 to matchday 11.
Djibril Dianessy scored a first half brace to help Fortuna Sittard beat Jong Ajax 2-1 to secure the Jupiler League Period 2 title..
It was Fortuna Sittard’s first title in 23 years. They last won a title in 1995 when they were crowned champions in the Dutch second division league.
The win was also Fortuna Sittard’s seventh straight win in the Dutch second division league.
The former Nigeria coach dedicated the success of his team to the fans who have endured a torrid time over the years supporting the team.
“We wanted to win this for the fans because they have not won anything in over 20 years, from a club that was dying in January to a club that is winning a Period title,” a happy Oliseh stated during his post match interview.
Oliseh also tweeted shortly after the game; “Our victory over Jong Ajax 2-1 today @FortunaSittard not only makes it a record seven victories in a row,but secures us the 2nd Period title. Fortuna’s 1st title in 23 years.God is Great!”
Oliseh took charge of Fortuna Sittard when they were battling against relegation last season, and has now successfully steered the Limburg side to the promotion play-off spot.
Fortuna Sittard now have 44 points from 20 league games. They face Dordrecht next Friday in their next game.