John Mikel Obi Denies Donating Money To Olympic Team – Super Eagles’ captain John Mikel Obi has denied donating money to Nigeria’s Olympic football team.
Mikel, who is set to lead the U-23 side out at the Rio 2016 Olympics, had reportedly donated $30,000 to his team mates, but in an interview with the NFF, denied the reports.
“I was first told of this unfortunate story by a friend who called me from Nigeria. I thought he was joking until he sent me the link,” the Chelsea midfielder said.
“I don’t know the source of this story which to me is all out to divide us as a team. I would have thought that stories that should be coming out in the media are stories that will unite the team instead of dividing us. Our target in Rio is to excel, but if they continue like this, then I wonder how we can be united.”
“Tell me the players who are in this team that are so hungry that will be looking up to me for survival?
“Is it (William) Ekong, (Oghenekaro) Etebo, (Shehu) Abdulahi, (Daniel) Akpeyi, (Kingsley) Madu, (Okechukwu) Azubuike or (Stanley) Amuzie, who are my team –mates in the Super Eagles, that I will be donating to, or other players who are plying their trade abroad and are doing well for themselves?
“To me, this is just mere distraction that won’t help this team going into a major tournament like the Olympics.” Mikel told the the NFF official website.