Mikel Obi

FG names Mikel Obi as Team Nigeria’s captain to Rio Olympics

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos

The Federal Government, has named Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi as the Captain of TEAM NIGERIA to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio beginning on August 5, 2016.A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Sports, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, also named table tennis player, Funke Osinnaike as the deputy captain.

Obi, one of the three over aged players invited to the national U-23 football team by the Coach, Samson Siasia is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games, on the other hand, Oshonaike will making her 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 July 29, 2016 for Rio.  Other athletes, hopefully, will leave Nigeria on the same day.

Obi and Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.

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