About Dominic Iorfa

Dominic Iorfa: Lobi Stars gaffer

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. 

Domestic Clubs:

Before moving abroad, he made his mark with top flight sides like BCC Lions, Ranchers Bees and Abiola Babes.

Foreign Clubs:

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.

Coaching Laurels:

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



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.



           Sports, especially football and basketball

           Travelled over one hundred (100) countries in the World: USA, England, Australia, and Brazil inclusive        

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