Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel
Obi has been named captain of Team Nigeria for the forthcoming 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro scheduled to hold from August 5 to 21. He will be assisted
by table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike.
The duo were chosen due to
‘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.”
The Sports ministry said in a statement.