|Full name||Thompson Oliha|
|Date of birth||4 October 1968|
|Place of birth||Benin City, Nigeria|
|Date of death||30 June 2013 44)(aged|
|Place of death||Ilorin, Nigeria|
|1994–1995||Maccabi Ironi Ashdod||21||(1)|
|* 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 of Edo origin, who played for clubs in Africa and Europe during an injury-shortened career.
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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).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.
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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.
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Oliha also played at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.[ citation needed ]
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