Ex-Super Eagles Player, Thompson Oliha, Dies At 45


A former Super Eagles midfielder and a member of the 1994 African Nations Cup winning squad in Tunisia, Thompson Oliha, is dead.

Oliha died in the early morning of Sunday at Yusjib Industrial Medicare in Ilorin, shortly after he reportedly slumped in his toilet. He was aged 45.

It was gathered that he was rushed to the Medicare, where the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Abdulraheem Yusuf confirmed his death to newsmen.

Before his death, Oliha was reported to have been vomiting after he led Kwara Football Academy to beat a Malian team, Ben Mackezie Football Foundation on Saturday in Ilorin.

Until his death, the ex-Nigeria International was the coach of the senior students of the academy.

In his reaction, Coach Paul Odey of the junior students of the academy described Oliha’s death as a tragic and sudden.

Odey said that his remains had been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Mortuary.

He added that the late coach’s family members had been contacted for burial arrangement, but could however not confirm the next line of action as at the time of filing in this report.

Born in Oct. 1, 1968 in Benin City, Edo, Oliha played for several clubs in Africa and Europe, including the defunct Bendel Insurance (1985-1987) and Iwuanyanwu Nationale (1988-1991). He retired at the age of 27, as a result of a knee injury.

In his Super Eagles days, he won a total of 31 caps, scoring two goals after making his national team debut in 1990, in a friendly against Senegal and made his last appearance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as a late substitute against Italy.

Oliha, alongside members of the Eagles squad that won the 1994 Nations Cup are yet to get the house promised them by the federal government for winning the tournament. Oliha would be the third member of the 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team to pass away.

Uche Okafor, who died in the United States of America and Rashidi Yekini, who died more than year ago in Ibadan are the other members of the winning team lost at a time when they should be giving back to Nigerian football.