With the Dream Team set to depart for Rio on Monday, Head Coach Samson Siasia has announced Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder Mikel...
With the Dream Team set to depart for Rio on Monday, Head Coach Samson Siasia has announced Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder Mikel Obi as the new captain of the Dream Team VI.
Speaking to his team on Saturday, Siasia explained that his decision came natural as Mikel, not just being the Super Eagles captain, was also the captain of Team Nigeria at the Olympics.
Mikel takes over the captain band from Azubuike Okechukwu, who led the U23 team to AFCON success in Senegal in 2015. Siasia also stated that in a meeting with Mikel and Azubuike, the latter was happy to relinquish the captain band to Mikel and the rest of the squad have accepted the decision with delight.
The Chelsea midfielder becomes the first footballer to captain Team Nigeria- his appointment to this role coming with strong disapproval in some quarters.
Mikel Obi extended his gratitude for being named Team Captain and said he hopes the honor yielded results in Brazil.
The Dream Team are set to depart for Rio on Monday and would face Japan in the Olympics on August 4th.