John Obi Mikel gets Nigeria captaincy for Rio Olympics
Posted: 27 July 2016 Time: 10:39
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been named captain of the Nigeria team ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.
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Mikel will lead the under-23 team in Brazil, with the first round of fixtures set to take place on 4 August. The 29-year-old has been selected as one of three permitted overage players in the team.
The Nigeria head of mission for the Olympics, Christian Ohaa, believes Mikel will guide the young players in the squad.
"Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer of international status and we believe he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes while Funke Oshonaike is experienced and is one of the oldest athletes in the team," Ohaa told SuperSport.
"We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to Team Nigeria and project the county's image positively to the world."
Nigeria are in Group B alongside Sweden, Colombia and Japan and could potentially meet South Africa in the quarter-final stage.