Thompson Oliha

Thompson Oliha
Personal information
Full name Thompson Oliha
Date of birth (1968-10-04)4 October 1968
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Date of death 30 June 2013(2013-06-30) (aged 44)
Place of death Ilorin, Nigeria
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Bendel Insurance
1988-1991 Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1992-1994 Africa Sports
1994-1995 Maccabi Ironi Ashdod 21 (1)
1995-1996 Antalyaspor 20 (4)
National team
1988–1994 Nigeria 31 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thompson Oliha (4 October 1968 - 30 June 2013) was a Nigerian professional football midfielder who played for clubs in Africa and Europe during an injury-shortened career.

Club career

He played for Bendel Insurance (1985-1987), Iwuanyanwu Nationale (1988-1991), Africa Sports (1992-1993), Maccabi Ironi Ashdod F.C. (1993-1994) and Antalyaspor (1994-1995).[1][2] As a player, he was known for his powerful shots and abilities in the air. Oliha retired at the age of 27, as a result of a serious knee injury.[3]

International career

Oliha made a total of 31 appearances for the full Nigeria national football team, scoring two goals. He made his international debut in 1990, in a game against Senegal and made his last appearance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as a late substitute against Italy.[4]

Oliha also played at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.


Oliha died due to complications from malaria on 30 June 2013. At the time of his death he was an assistant coach for the Kwara Football Academy.[5]


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  3. "Nigerians 're too impatient – Oliha". Sunday Champion. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
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