Former Super Eagles’ mid fielder, Thompson Oliha is dead, the midfield maestro who was among the 1994 victorious Super Eagles’ squad that won the Nations cup in Tunisia died yesterday at the Yusjib industrial medicare hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Thompson Oliha was born on October 4 1968 in Benin City and he is a retired Nigerian professional football star who played for clubs in Africa and Europe during an injury shortened career.
Confirming his death to supersport.com in Ilorin, Doctor Yusuf Addulraheem said that Oliha was brought to the hospital at the time when there was nothing he could do to resuscitate him.
“I feel so sad to confirm to you that Thompson Oliha is dead and by the time his wife brought him here, his body was completely lifeless.
“His wife, Irish Oliha, told me that he slumped in the toilet before she rushed him to hospital and there was nothing we could do to save him,” Addulraheem told supersport
Until his death, Oliha was the head coach of the Kwara Football Academy (KFA) in Ilorin, Kwara State.
He was even incharge of KFA’s 3-0 friendly win over a team who came from Mali on Saturday evening at the Academy premises.
Thompson Oliha, no doubt, was certainly one of the nation’s greats and acquitted himself brilliantly in the national colours.
Now, we have lost another member of the Golden Generation, following the deaths of Uche Okafor and Rashidi Yekini.”
Thompson Oliha featured for a couple of the country’s leading clubs in his days, such as Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC and Bendel Insurance FC, before joining up with Africa Sports of Cote d’Ivoire, after which he featured for Ironi Ashdod FC in Israel and later Antalyaspor FC in Turkey.
He first played for the senior national team in a 1988 Olympic Games qualifying match against Algeria in Annaba in January 1988, and then became a fixture in the team at the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Algeria.
He was a member of the renown Golden Generation, which qualified Nigeria for her first-ever FIFA World Cup finals, won the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria in Tunisia in 1994 and then reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in USA the same year.