Nigeria captain to the last Olympic Games, John Obi Mikel has confirmed they sometimes had no food and a bus to convey them to training during their training camp in Atlanta, the United States, before they travelled to Brazil where the Games held.
The Nigerian media had reported the poor conditions under which the team stayed in the United States, as they skipped training on several occasions and were almost ejected from their hotel on at least two occasions.
Speaking on his Olympic Games experience, the Chelsea midfielder told his club’s official website how they suffered in Atlanta.
“It wasn’t a great experience in the build-up in Atlanta. There was no food for the guys, no bus to go to training, no pitch to train on,” Mikel told the Chelsea website.
“Coming into the team I tried to help as much as I can. The boys had suffered for two years, working very hard trying to play in Rio. I wanted to help as much as I could and they all say they owe me. It’s a great achievement that we managed to go there and win a medal.”
Despite the setbacks which saw the Nigerian team arrive Brazil six hours to their opening fixture against Japan which they won 5-4, they went on to win the Bronze medal at the Games.