Ahead of the departure of the country’s contingent to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi and six-time Olympian, Funke Oshonaike have been named Captain of Team Nigeria for the Games beginning in Rio, Brazil on August 5.
However, Team Nigeria camp sources were stunned seven-time Olympian like Segun Toriola was overlooked for Mikel who will be making his first appearance at the summer Olympics.
The announcement came through a press statement by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, special assistant (media) to the sports minister in Abuja yesterday.
“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 statement quoted said the Chef- de- mission Christian OHAA.
The statement informed that Mikel Obi and Funke Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.
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.
Chika Chukwumerije, who won bronze for Nigeria in Taekwondo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, captained Nigeria to the 2012 London Olympics.

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