The Nigeria Olympic Committee through the General Secretary Kassim Popoola has stated that they were unaware of the decision to name Mikel Obi as the Captain of Team Nigeria at the Olympic Games, scheduled to commence on August 5.
Technically, the announcement of Team Nigeria leadership is usually done based on consultation between the NOC and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
With reactions trailing the snubbing of Table Tennis stars Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike
who will be appearing in the 7th Olympics in Rio for the role, sources say the appointment of the Chelsea star was done to attract international attention to Team Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old has admitted he is ‘’overwhelmed ‘’ yet ‘’honoured’’ by the choice, reiterating that he’s been a team player for the Super Eagles as well as his club Chelsea, and will add motivation to the 85-man contingent.
In addition, one the country’s leading commercial banks has awarded the athletes N250m in sponsorship, with each of the delegates receiving N250,000 apiece.
Nigeria will be participating in only eight sports at the games and they include football, canoeing, rowing, athletics, table tennis, boxing, weightlifting and wrestling.