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Mikel Legally Changes Name after Nigerian FA Mistake

Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder John Michael Nchekwube Obinna popularly known as John Obi Mikel has officially changed his name to  ‘ Mikel John Obi’ 13 years on from when he came on to the limelight as a football talent. 

Reports say the Nigerian FA made an error when submitting Mikel’s name for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, naming him as “Mikel” instead of “Michael.” 

After going by either “Mikel John Obi” or “John Obi Mikel” during his Chelsea days, the Super Eagles midfielder has finally had his name changed to the former to make clear that the “Mikel” is a given name.

Mikel said the mistaken name had a “special ring to it,” which is why he adopted it following the clerical error and he is set to continue wearing “Mikel” with the accompanying No. 12 on the back of his Blues jersey this season.

The 29 year old has been a longstanding member of the Blues squad, having joined from Lyn a decade ago where he’s now one of the senior members at Chelsea and has been named as the captain of the Nigeria Olympic team for the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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