Monday, July 1, 2013

Former Super Eagles Footballer, Thompson Oliha Dies At 44

Ex-international, Thompson Oliha
He was reportedly vomiting on Saturday after he led the Kwara State Football Academy team to a victory over visiting Ben Machezie Football Foundation of Mali. His ill-health was said to have deteriorated on Sunday morning when he slumped in a toilet at his Offa Garage residence in Ilorin, Kwara State. He was immediatley taken to Yusjib Industrial Medicare by his family members and neighbors where he later died.

Oliha was born on  October 4, 1968 in Benin, Edo State. He was a member of the Super Eagles that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and was also in the team at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

Oliha featured for Bendel Insurance from 1985 to 1987, Iwuanyanwu Nationale from 1988 from 1991, Africa Sports of Abidjan from 1992 to 1993, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod in Israel from 1993 to 1994 and later Antalyaspor of Turkey in 1995.

He made 31 appearances for the national team, scoring two goals and made his last international appearance at the 1994 World Cup as a late substitute against Italy.

He retired from active football at the age of 27 as a result of a knee injury.

The deceased is the third member of the 1994 Super Eagles squad that have died. Uche Okafor,  his teammate, died in the United States while another member of the team, Rashidi Yekini, died over a year ago.

May his soul rest in peace.

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