Head Coach of the Nigeria Olympic football team, Samson Siasia
has confirmed Chelsea midfield ace John Obi Mikel as captain of the team going
into the men’s football tournament of the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
Making the announcement on Saturday while meeting with
players and other officials, Coach Siasia said the choice of Mikel Obi was
automatic as he is the captain of the Super Eagles and also the captain of Team
Nigeria to the Games.
Also read: Mikel: I will carry everybody along in Rio
"It's just natural for me to pick Mikel as our captain.
Aside the fact that he is the captain of the Super Eagles, he is also Team
Nigeria captain, so after meeting with both of them and explaining my position,
I am pleased to say Azubuike who has been our captain understood and was happy
to hand over the captain’s band to Mikel.
"It is a thing of joy for my team to produce the first
footballer to captain Team Nigeria to the Olympics. This, to me, is more than
The players unanimously accepted Mikel as their captain and
expressed delight at the role he has been playing since he joined the team.
On his part, Mikel expressed joy at being made the captain
of the Dream Team and said he sees it as an honor that must yield result in
News24 reported that Mikel was named Team Nigeria captain to
the Rio 2016 Olympics while tennis star Funke Oshonaike is handed the
vice-captain band ahead of the Games that begins on August 5 in Brazil,
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- News24 Nigeria