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Rio Games: Mikel Named Team Nigeria Captain … Oshonaike To Assist Him

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Chibuike Chukwu
Lagos – Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has surprisingly been named Team Nigeria captain to the Rio Olympic Games 2016.
The news came as a surprise to many given that the Chelsea of England star is making his Olympics debut.
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, is the assistant team captain. This will be Oshonaike’s sixth appearance at the Olympics after she debuted at Atlanta ’96.
The Dream Team VI is expected to depart for Rio from Atlanta USA on 29th July 2016.
Other athletes hopefully, will leave Nigeria on the same day.
Mikel Obi and Funke Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.
“Mikel 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.
“We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to TEAM NIGERIA and project the county’s image positively to the world,”  a part of the press statement from the Sports Minister’s Special Adviser on Media read.