The midfielder has been handed the
armband by coach Samson Siasia for
the men’s football event ahead of their
trip to the Brazilian city on Monday
John Obi Mikel has been named as the
new captain of the Nigeria U23 squad
for the Rio Olympic Games.
The midfielder will be assisted by
erstwhile skipper Azubuike Okechukwu
at the men’s football event in Brazil.
Samson Siasia announced his chioce
following a meeting with players and
other officials on Saturday, said it was
a natural decision, seeing his role as
Team Nigeria skipper.
“It’s just natural for me to pick Mikel as
our captain,” Siasia announced.
“Aside the fact that he is the captain of
the Super Eagles, he is also Team
Nigeria captain, so after meeting with
both of them and explaining my
position, I am pleased to say Azubuike
who has been our captain understood
and was happy to hand over the
captain’s band to Mikel.
“It is a thing of joy for my team to
produce the first footballer to captain
Team Nigeria to the Olympics. This, to
me, is more than gratifying.”
Meanwhile, the Dream Team VI will
depart training camp base in Atlanta,
USA, to Rio on Monday, August 1
after the NFF had concluded
arrangement for the team to be moved
via a chartered flight to Manaus.
The African champions will begin their
opening game against Japan on
August 4 at the Amazônia Arena,
Manaus before facing Colombia and
Sweden in other Group B matches.