NOC de­nies re­ject­ing Mikel as Team Nige­ria cap­tain

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The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Nige­ria Olympic Com­mit­tee (NOC), Tunde Popoola has reaf­firmed the ap­point­ment of John Mikel Obi as cap­tain of Team Nige­ria to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Popoola, who was at the of­fice of the Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports yes­ter­day with the Pres­i­dent Engr. Habu Gumel for a meet­ing with Sports Min­is­ter, Bar­ris­ter 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.

“I want to plead with Sports writ­ers to de­sist from writ­ing sto­ries ca­pa­ble of caus­ing dis­af­fec­tion and dishar­mony in the Nige­rian camp. Let us project our ath­letes and the coun­try pos­i­tively to the out­side world,” Popoola pleaded.

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