Mikel Obi has left the Chelsea training base in Austria and headed for a new challenge with Nigeria’s Olympic football team currently in Atlanta, USA preparing for Rio 2016.
The Super Eagles Captain missed out on the 2008 Olympic where Nigeria lost in the final to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentina and after enjoying success at all levels of his career the only tournament left to play is the Olympics.
The 28-year-old was named by Coach Samson Siasia as one of the over-aged players in his 18 man list for the football event of the Olympics in Brazil this summer but despite doubts over the availability of the Chelsea stand-in Captain due to the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte – the former Lyn Oslo star has picked representing the national team over fighting for a place in the Blues line-up under the Italian.
Mikel played all the three pre-season friendlies under Conte and capped his last one with a goal in the 8-0 thumping of Austria minnows Atus Ferlach before departing the London sides training base to go join up with the Dream Team VI.
“First part of Chelsea pre-season done. Off to Atlanta to join the Nigeria team for the Olympics 2016 #OlympicsBrazil.
Mikel who has played for almost a decade for the Stamford Bridge side is currently being linked with a host of clubs and there are strong indications that he may be shipped out after the arrival of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City.