Benedict Iroha

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Benedict Iroha
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-11-29) November 29, 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back, Left midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Bendel Insurance ? (?)
1990 Iwuanyanwu Nationale ? (?)
1991–1992 ASEC Mimosas ? (?)
1992–1996 Vitesse Arnhem 21 (1)
1996–1997 San Jose Clash 33 (2)
1997 D.C. United 17 (4)
1997–1998 Elche CF 1 (0)
1998–2000 Watford 10 (0)
Total 82 (7)
National team
1990–1998 Nigeria 50 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2006 FC Dallas (Youth Coach)
2007 Nigeria U-17 (Assistant Coach)
2007–2008 Dolphins FC
2009– Heartland F.C. (Chief Trainer)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Benedict Iroha (born November 29, 1969) is a former Nigerian association football defender.


He was originally a midfielder before national coach Clemens Westerhof converted him to play left back, his club career in Europe was largely unsuccessful, and Iroha was allocated to San Jose Clash in 1996. The next season, he was traded to D.C. United, where he won the league title. After a move to Spanish side Elche CF in 1997, he moved to Watford in December 1998, playing 10 games for the Hertfordshire side. A problem with bunions forced him to the sidelines, and he retired in March 2000.

International career[edit]

Playing for the Nigerian national team, he has featured in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 FIFA World Cup as well as when they won the 1994 African Nations Cup.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring, he returned to the USA to coach in the youth department of FC Dallas. Most recently, he was an assistant with the Nigerian U-17 team that won the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and head coach of Nigeria's Dolphins FC, he currently is on the staff of Heartland of Owerri.

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