BY GEORGE ALUO
The Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC yesterday surrendered to the Sports Ministry over the Mikel Obi captaincy of Team Nigeria.
The NOC scribe, Tunde Popoola had on Monday told Daily Sunsports that the appointment of Mikel was a mere rumour as the body was not the one that made the appointment.
But in a twist yesterday Popoola recanted, as he reaffirmed the appointment of Mikel Obi after being summoned by the sports minister.
According to the Special Assistant on Media to the Sports Minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the NOC scribe, who was at the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports with the NOC President Habu Gumel for a meeting with Solomon Dalung stated categorically that at no time did the Nigeria Olympic Committee deny or reject Mikel Obi as Captain of Team Nigeria.
“I did not tell the press that Mikel is not the Captain of Team Nigeria. I told the media that their stories were capable of causing distraction and disunity among athletes. Mikel is a Nigerian athlete and likewise Segun Toriola who you all thought deserved to be the Captain. It doesn’t matter who is the captain. They are both Nigerian athletes and are in camp for a common purpose which is to make Nigeria proud at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Meanwhile, Team Nigeria Captain Mikel Obi had promised to work together with all athletes for their collective interest. Obi was named Captain of Team Nigeria Monday night while table tennis star Funke Oshonaike is the assistant team captain.
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Source : SunOnline