Mikel gets nod as Team Nigeria Captain to Rio Olympics


Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has received the nod to be  Captain of TEAM NIGERIA to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio which gets underway from August 5, 2016.

Obi, one of the over-aged players invited to the national U-23 football team for the games is getting the nod as Team Nigeria captain even though he is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games.

Table tennis star Funke Oshonaike is the assistant team captain. This will be Oshonaike’s sixth appearance at the Olympics after she debuted at Atlanta ’96.

The Dream Team VI is expected to depart for Rio from Atlanta USA on 29th July 2016.

Other athletes hopefully, will leave Nigeria on the same day.

Mikel Obi and Funke Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.

“Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer of international status and we believe he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes while Funke Oshonaike is experienced and is one of the oldest athletes in the team.

“We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to TEAM NIGERIA and project the country’s image positively to the world,” a part of the press statement from the Sports Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem -Anibeze stated.