Pa Michael Obi, father of national Under-23 team captain Mikel Obi, has expressed disappointment over the treatment of the team after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Pa Obi said that he expected his son to lead the team to the country to be given a rapturous welcome and a presidential reception, but lamented the majority of the players left for their clubs after beating Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match to win Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Games.
“I was surprised to read that there are no plans to receive the team. It is very unfair, especially after the team won the only medal at the Games.”
“The least they had expected was a hero’s welcome and a presidential handshake to appreciate their superlative performance, especially when nobody had expected that they would go far at the Games.
“I had expected Mikel to lead the team back to Nigeria, accorded a befitting reception, before going back to their various clubs. This is want an appreciate sports authorities and the Federal Government would have done.