By John Egbokhan
…As Eguavoen, Iroha, Okorowanta, others mourn Oliha…
One of the widows of Thompson Oliha, Ajara has spoken of the grief of losing her husband to the cold hands of death on June 30 in Ilorin Kwara State.
Speaking to Sunday Vanguard sports Friday at the burial of the former Super Eagles midfielder in the ancient city of Benin, Ajara, who bore an eight year-old son for the former Bendel Insurance and Heartland star, said that she has been left empty with Oliha’s demise.
“His sudden death has left me empty”, Ajara said as tears welled down her face.
Continuing, Ajara, who hails from Auchi in the northern part of Edo State, said that since Oliha passed on, loneliness has crept into her world.
“I feel so terribly lonely since he died”, she said in a spasm of tears. The inconsolable widow of Oliha said that her late husband was the best thing to have happened to her and wondered how she would live without his presence.
“He was my father, brother, husband, friend and everything good that you could think of. I do not know how life would be again without him around. This is a loss too much to bear”, Ajara told our correspondent.
She however, added that she would be consoled by the fact that the deceased left behind two wonderful children, who she prayed would carry the memories of their father. Oliha’s other widow, Iris, an Ibo woman, is the mother of his second child, Paris, who is four years old. They were also at the burial.
Eguavoen, Iroha, Okorowanta, others mourn Oliha
Former Super Eagles Coach, Austin Eguavoen has described late Thompson Oliha as a great midfielder, whose contributions to Nigerian football were immense.
Speaking at the weekend Sunday Vanguard sports during the burial ceremony for the former assistant coach of the Kwara Football Academy, Eguavoen said that the deceased was a rare and kind breed, who touched a lot of people during his short stay on earth.
“Oliha was a great player. He was a rare person. He did not behave arrogantly. He was a down to earth and honest person. He would be greatly missed by all”, said Eguavoen, after the novelty match played in honour of the deceased at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
He said that the only way that Oliha can be immortalized was for the Edo State government to see to the welfare of the children and wives he left behind.
Also speaking on the deceased, another teammate of his, Benedict Iroha, who also featured in yesterday’s match, said that the late Oliha was the best midfielder of his generation.
“He was the only midfielder of our time who could use both feet. He was such an astounding player, great soul and a team-player. He was just too good on the pitch and we are all going to miss him”, said Iroha, an ex-Eagles defender.