Chelsea and Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel
has been named as the captain of Nigeriaâ€™s
Olympic team that will compete at the upcoming Olympic tournament
Mikel Obi, one of the three over-aged players invited to the
national U-23 football team for the games, is making his first
appearance at an Olympic Games.
Table tennis star Funke Oshonaike
will be the assistant team captain. This will be
Oshonaikeâ€™s sixth appearance at the Olympics
after she debuted at Atlanta â€™96.
â€œMikel 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.
â€œWe believe that their combined efforts
will bring goodwill to TEAM NIGERIA and project the
countryâ€™s image positively to the
world,â€ a statement from the Sports
Ministerâ€™s Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem
Speaking on his appointment, Mikel described it as
â€œFirst and foremost, I will say I am
overwhelmed with this opportunity to be the captain of Team Nigeria
to the Rio Olympics,â€ Mikel told the official website
of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
â€œThis is the highest accolade you can ever
have as a sportsmanâ€Ž and itâ€™s
one I am really looking forward to.
massive, itâ€™s big, itâ€™s not
just the football team. I am the captain of the Super Eagles.
Sometimes you look at it and you think thatâ€™s a
big burden, but this is even much bigger, itâ€™s
one that I am looking forward to,â€