Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has been named Captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio which begin next Friday in Brazil.
Obi, who is one of the three over-aged players invited to the Nigeria’s Olympic team for the games is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games, was chosen because of his role model to the upcoming athletes.
Nigeria’s sensational female table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike, who is making her sixth appearance at the Olympics after she debuted at Atlanta ’96, is the assistant team captain.
Mikel Obi and Funke Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments as their combined efforts will bring goodwill to TEAM NIGERIA and project the county’s image positively to the world.
Nigeria’s Olympic team is expected to depart, Atlanta, United States of America, on Friday, for Rio, Brazil while other Nigerian athletes to the Games will leave Nigeria on the same day.