Team Nigeria’s Captain to the 2016 Rio Olympics, John Mikel Obi has denied media reports that he donated the sum of $30,000 dollars to his teammates in the U23 team presently camping in Atlanta, USA.
A furious Mikel reacted to the claims from the team’s camp at the Hyatt Place, in Atlanta.
The Super Eagles captain said:
“I was first told of this unfortunate story by a friend who called me from Nigeria.
“I thought he was joking until he sent me the link.
“I don’t know the source of this story which to me is all out to divide us as a team.
“I would have thought that stories that should be coming out in the media are stories that will unite the team instead of dividing us.
“Our target in Rio is to excel, but if they continue like this, then I wonder how we can be united.”
Mikel Obi Wondered why the writer of the article thought that the players were hungry and needed his money.
Mikel Obi Furious Over Donation Claims
Mikel asked rhetorically:
“Tell me the players who are in this team that are so hungry that will be looking up to me for survival?
“Is it (William) Ekong, (Oghenekaro) Etebo, (Shehu) Abdulahi, (Daniel) Akpeyi, (Kingsley) Madu, (Okechukwu) Azubuike or (Stanley) Amuzie, who are my team –mates in the Super Eagles.
“That I will be donating to, or other players who are plying their trade abroad and are doing well for themselves?
“To me, this is just mere distraction that won’t help this team going into a major tournament like the Olympics.”
Mikel Obi who was recently appointed team captain of the Nigerian contingent to the Rio Olympics used the opportunity to appeal to the sporting press and Nigerians in general support the team.
He pleaded that Nigerians wish the players and officials well as they get ready for the men’s football tournament of the Rio Olympics.