Lagos - Pa Michael Obi, father of national Under-23 team captain, Mikel Obi has lashed out at the Federal Government for their treatment of the team after winning a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Punch reports.
Pa Obi expressed his disappointment that the team were not given a rapturous welcome and a presidential reception on their return to Nigeria as he expected, instead the players left for their respective clubs immediately after clinching the country's only medal.
"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," Pa Obi said.
Nigeria beat Honduras 3-2 in a bronze playoff match, far exceeding expectations at the sporting showpiece.
The Chelsea mid-fielder's father added that the team achieved this despite their shoddy preparations prior to the Rio Olympics as they were left stranded in another country and their kit arrived a few weeks late.
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- News 24