Benin – The officials of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and ex-internationals on Friday in Benin paid tributes as their late colleague, Thompson Oliha, was buried in Benin.
The final journey of Oliha, who died on June 30 in an Ilorin hospital after a brief illness, followed a lying-in-state ceremony at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
Edo and Kwara states as well as and NFA ex-internationals in their eulogies, described Oliha as a humble gentleman and a dedicated player during his lifetime.
Leye Adepoju, the representative of the association, said Oliha “was a disciplined gentleman and a patriotic Nigerian, who the present crop of players should emulate’’.
There was a novelty match between an Edo selected side of ex-internationals against the Kwara Academy, Oliha’s last employers.
Some of the players who featured in the match were Austin Eguavoen, Aloy Agu, Emeka Ezeugo, Ben Iroha and Baldwin Bazuaye.
The Edo and Kwara governments pledged one million naira each to Oliha’s children, Aisosa and Paris.
His remains were later interred at his house at No 3, Thompson Oliha Ave, off Sakpoba Road, Benin. (NAN)