Mikel Obi Denies Donating N11m To Dream Team


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Captain of Team Nigeria to the Rio
Olympics, John Mikel Obi has denied
media reports making the rounds in
Nigeria that he gave $30,000 dollars
to his teammates in the U23 football
team. Speaking from the team’s camp at the
Hyatt Place in Atlanta, USA, Mikel said,
“I was first told of this unfortunate
story by a friend who called me from
Nigeria. I thought he was joking until
he sent me the link. “I don’t know the source of this story
which to me is all out to divide us as a
team. I would have thought that
stories that should be coming out in
the media are stories that will unite the
team instead of dividing us. Our target in Rio is to excel, but if they continue
like this, then I wonder how we can
be united.”
Wondering why the writer thinks that
the players are hungry that needed his
money, Mikel asked: “Tell me the players who are in this team that are
so hungry that will be looking up to
me for survival? Is it (William) Ekong,
(Oghenekaro) Etebo, (Shehu)
Abdulahi, (Daniel) Akpeyi, (Kingsley)
Madu, (Okechukwu) Azubuike or (Stanley) Amuzie, who are my team
mates in the Super Eagles, that I will be
donating to, or other players who are
plying their trade abroad and are
doing well for themselves? To me, this
is just mere distraction that won’t help this team going into a major
tournament like the Olympics.”
The Chelsea FC ace then appealed to
the sporting press and Nigerians
generally to rally round the team and
wish the players and officials well as they get ready for the men’s football
tournament of the Rio Olympics.