Nigeria U23 captain Okechukwu Azubuike is ready to concede his role to John Obi Mikel after the latter was named captain of Team Nigeria for the Rio Olympic Games.
There had been questions whether Azubuike would continue in his role as captain of the Nigeria Olympic football team, following the inclusion of the more experienced and older Mikel, who is also captain of the senior side, the Super Eagles.
Those questions appeared to have been answered when Mikel was named captain of Team Nigeria to the Games, which may now automatically mean he will be captain of the football team as well.
And reacting to the development, Azubuike has said he has no problems relinquishing his role to the Chelsea midfielder.
“Mikel is the captain of the Super Eagles and it is okay with me if he is also made the captain of this team,” Azubuike told fcnaija.com.
“Though we have not discussed it, but it is absolutely normal if he is made the captain because he is more experienced and exposed and we need that in our team.”
The 29-year old Mikel is only one of two over-aged players that have been named in the Nigeria squad to the football event of the Games, the other being Daniel Akpeyi.
Interestingly, both Mikel and Akpeyi were members of Nigeria’s squad to the FIFAU U20 World Cup in Holland in 2005, with Samson Siasia, who is coach of the current Nigeria Olympic football team, as coach 11 years ago.