About Us

El-Hadj Cisse

Cisse is the Sr. Director for Raleigh International FC (RIFC). Cisse was born in Ivory Coast and moved to New York when he was 14.  He received a full scholarship to play at North Carolina State University and was then drafted by Chivas USA (MLS).  Due to injury, Cisse decided to hang up his boots and focus on his passion, coaching youth soccer.


Former North Carolina Football Club (NCFC) Youth Coach
Former Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (TFCA) Coach
Former Fuquay-Varina Athletic Association (FVAA) Coach
Former Knightdale United Challenge Team Guest Coach
NC State Student Athlete Alumni


RIFC Youth & Adult Head Coach
US Soccer National F, E, D & C Coaching License
US Development Academy (USDA) SafeSport Certification
US Soccer Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
Former U-23 Railwalks player
Named to 2008 ALL-ACC Second team
Drafted by Chivas USA soccer team in 2008
Major League Soccer Combine in 2008
Two-time recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award at NCSU
Named MVP of the NCSU Men's Soccer Team in 2007
Two-time Captain for NCSU Men's Soccer Team
Named 2006 Men's Soccer ALL-ACC Tournament Team
Mentor and tutor elementary students through Wolfpack Blitz
Made Dean's List Spring 2005
Named 2004 All-ACC Freshmen team


Director of Junior Programs 


Coach Ben was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia-East Africa.  He has been playing soccer since an early age and throughout his high school and college years.  Coach Ben also played basketball for his high school, Black Lion in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  He worked as a youth soccer coach at YMCA during his senior year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where he earned his Bachelor's degree in MIS.  Coach Ben also had the opportunity to play in a semi-pro soccer league in Kosovo (former Yugoslavia) while working abroad.  He had several opportunities to meet with some of the top European clubs and players.  Ben enjoys working with the youth and has his own two boys, ages 6 and 3.  His 6 year old participates in RIFC youth 



Wonder Nyatanga

Wonder is originally from Zimbabwe and is an IT professional for Hewlett Packard Enterprises.  He played semi-professional soccer in Zimbabwe for CAPS United Reserves before moving to the US to further his education.

An ardent student of the game, Wonder also played for Raleigh International FC during the early days. He took up the coaching duties in the late 2000's winning the local league (TASL) and multiple tournaments.

Wonder brings a wealth of talent in identifying talent and mentoring young players. 

Muema (Moe) Matheka 

Muema (Moe) born and raised in Raleigh NC,  He recently moved back to the area after finishing his Bachelor's Degree in sports broadcasting and marketing from the University of Alabama.  For the last two seasons at Alabama, Muema was an undergraduate assistant coach for Alabama's Division 1 Women's Soccer Program.  Some duties included organizing and facilitating in the varsity training sessions and the youth Olympic Development Program (ODP) hosted annually by the university. He attended Broughton High School, playing on varsity for 3 years, while also playing for CASL and Carolina Soccer Club.

 RIFC Board of Directors

El- Hadj Cisse                    Chairman

Benyam Adenew                Juniors Program

Wonder Nyatanga             Scouting & Development

Raul Hernandez                Player Personnel

Brice Omer                        Player Relations

Muema Matheka               Partnerships