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.
ACCOLADES and ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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

 
El-Hadj Cisse
Sr. Director
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. 
Benyam Adenew
Director of Jr Programs 
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.
Muema (Moe) Matheka
Partnerships
Wonder is originally from Zimbabwe.  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. 
Wonder Nyatanga
General Manager

Raúl grew up in Honduras where he began playing soccer at a young age. He moved to Jersey City, NJ as a teenager, where he played for a local soccer team an started to grow his passion.  In 2001 he moved to Raleigh, NC joining multiple soccer teams to perfect his techniques and plant his roots in the local soccer world. At the age of 30 in 2015 he began to coach at FC La Curruncha at MLS Jr league which he got 1 championships And 3 sub-championship. He has been helping in the Hispanic community and recruiting young generations for Raleigh international FC since 2018 to help to grow and mixed different cultures for our refugees players.

 

Raúl brings the experience as coach With his intense passion for the game he now looks to mentor others in the art. He is well known and respected throughout the soccer community and is always there to lend encouragements He looks forward to pushing the players to excel and to bring many accomplishments.

Raul Hernandez
Assistance Coach
Brice was born in Burkina Faso and moved to Raleigh, NC in 2014.  He played for NCFC U23 and Tobacco Road FC. He also played for Burkina Faso national team.
Brice has been part of RIFC family since 2017.
Brice O. Nikiema
Assistance Coach