Mikel To Captain Team Nigeria At Rio Olympics
Chelsea FC midfielder and Super Eagles
captain Mikel Obi has been named
Captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016
Olympic Games at Rio in Brazil, which
begins on August 5.
A statement on Tuesday by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, Special Assistant on
Media to Youths and Sports Minister
Solomon Dalung, also named Funke
Oshonaike as the Assistant Team
Mikel is one of the three over-aged players invited to the national
under-23 football team for the Games.
He is making his first appearance at an
Olympic Games, after missing out on
the 2008 edition in Beijing, China
where he was widely expected to make an appearance.
Table tennis star Oshonaike is making
her sixth appearance at the Olympics
after she made her debut at the
Atlanta Games in 1996.
“Mikel and Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency,
patriotism and dedication to national
“Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer
of international status and we believe
he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes, while 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 county’s image positively to the world,’’ Ikem-Anibeze
said in the statement.
The Dream Team VI, Team Nigeria’s
male football side, is expected to
depart for Rio from Atlanta in the U.S.,
where they have been training, on Friday.
Other athletes making up the team are
however expected to leave Nigeria on
the same day from Abuja.