Dominic Iorfa is a former Nigerian International, who represented Nigeria at the Seoul '88 Olympics (football) and the 1995 King Fahd Cup, in Riyadh, Saidi Arabia.
Before moving abroad, he made his mark with top flight sides like BCC Lions, Ranchers Bees and Abiola Babes.
Although, Iorfa earned only a few caps for the Super Eagles, he enters the records books as the only Nigerian footballer, not born in England to have played in England's defunct Division One League.
Iorfa made the feat when he moved to Queens Park Rangers (QPR), then coached by Donald "Don" Howe from Belgium's Royal Antwerp.
Howe signed Iorfa as awellas Ray Wilkins and Roy Wegerle.
He is also the first Nigerian to play in Scotland, Turkey, China and Hong Kong, respectively.
Iorfa moved to the famous Istanbul side, Galatasaray, in 1991 and played for Scottish side, Falkirk, in 1996.
The feat equally made him the first African to play in Turkey.
From Scotland, he headed for Hong Kong's Instant-Dict (now Double Flower) and later joined Guangzhou Apollo (now Guangzhou Evergrande) in China.
Iorfa is now Technical Adviser/Vice Chairman of Nigeria Premier League side, Lobi Stars.
International Caps: 21
Iorfa earn rave comments from former Nigerian manager, Manfred Hoener, who took the striker to the Seoul '88 Olympics.
He played against Brazil and Australia and missed the match against the old Yugoslavia.
Without a coaching certificate, has made a mark in the coaching professsion.
He is the only manager to develop homegrown talents in the Nigeria Premier League and was close to winning a double during the 2011/2012 season.
His team lost the Cup final and finished third on the 20-team log with a shoe-string budget.
January 2013: Caf License
Iorfa enters Caf history books as first Nigerian to earn the Caf Accreditation Coaching License for Inter-Club competitions.
Full name: Dominic Iorfa Mtem
Name of parents: Late Insp. Mtem Yua Atur & Mama Saaveamo Agen
Date of Birth: 1st October, 1968
Place of Birth: Gboko, Benue State
Local Govt. Area: Ushongo
Marital Status: Married with three (3) children a girl & two (2) boys
Current Address: Abu King Shuluwa Road, New G.R.A, Makurdi
L.G.E.A primary school, Gboko south, Gboko
Government Teachers College Utonkon
CAREER AND PROFESSION:
Playing position striker/forward
Professional footballer and administrator
Clubs played for Locally (Nigeria):-
• BCC Lions Gboko 1982 – 1986
• Abiola Babes of Abeokuta 1986 – 1987
• Ranchers Bees of Kaduna 1987 – 1988
National Soccer team:-
• Green Eagles/Super Eagles (21 times) 1986 – 1995
Clubs played for (Overseas):-
• Royal Antwerp FC (Belgium) 1988 – 1990
• Queens Park Rangers (England) 1990 – 1992
• Galatasaray FC (Turkey) 1992 – 1994
• Peterborough United FC (England) 1992 – 1994
• Southend United FC (England) 1994 – 1996
• Falkirk United FC (Scotland) 1996 – 1997
• Instant –Dict (Hongkong) 1997 – 1998
• Guangzhou Apollo (China) 1998 – 1999
• Waterford United FC (Rep. of Ireland) 1999 – 2000
• Board member, representing North central zone,
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 2006 – 2010
• Sole Administrator, Lobi Stars FC 2002 – 2008
• Vice Chairman, Lobi Stars FC 2008 – to date
• Coordinator, Nigeria Premier League (NPL) clubs
North Central Zone 2011 – to date
• Chairman, players welfare and status, Nigeria football
Federation (NFF) 2006 – 2010
• Vice Chairman, Technical committee of Nigeria
Football Federation (NFF) 2006 – 2009
• Chairman, Technical Committee Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) 2009 – 2010
• (NPL) manager/coach of the year 2012
• Nigeria FA cup Runner-up 2012
• NPL Second Runner Up 2012
• Administrator of the year 2012
• Third place finish FA cup 2009
• Leader, Nigeria Football Federation Delegation
to Fifa Under20 World Cup, Canada 2007
• Nigeria FA cup runners-up 2005
• Nigeria FA cup champion 2003
• Member, Team Nigeria (Football) Seoul (south Korea)
Olympic Games 1988
Note: The first and only Tiv person to have represented Nigeria as a participating member (Football) in an Olympic game up to date.
HOBBIES AND TRAVELS:
• Sports, especially football and basketball
• Travelled over one hundred (100) countries in the World: USA, England, Australia, and Brazil inclusive