Nigerian Olympic U-23 team captain – Mikel Obi has called on the Nigerian Sports Ministry to offer more support for the team. This is in response to another promise made by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide the team with all that is due them.
This promise follows Nigeria’s qualification for the semi final round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Football games. Addressing the U-23 players and officials after their 2-0 defeat of Denmark in Salvador, Sports Minister – Barrister Solomon Dalung who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry – Chinyeaka Ohaa said that the team had taken the world by storm as quoted below:
“I am happy to be a Nigerian, because in spite of all the challenges, you have taken the world by storm; you have by your performance, given happiness to more than 160 million Nigerians. Football is the biggest unifying factor in Nigeria today. From Mr. President to the average Nigerian you have made everyone proud” he said.
He then assured them that they will be well rewarded for their efforts.
“I am humbled by your efforts, your commitment, your patriotism. I want to assure you that your sacrifices will not be in vain. Aside whatever the NFF have for you, we will as much as possible, make you happy, if only you will be patient with us. Today, with your performance, I am convinced that you will get that gold.” Ohaa added.
Mikel then responded by urging the ministry to provide more motivation as the team was trying their best to make their fatherland proud.
“We want to thank you for your fatherly support. In truth, there have been a lot of challenges, but every time we go onto the field, we forget about everything and make sure our fatherland comes first. We have done that so far and we will continue to do that, but we need more motivation.” Mikel said.
Indications have also emerged that the Ministry of Youth and Sports has refunded team Captain Mikel Obi the $4,600 he is believed to have paid for the team in São Paulo on their way to Salvador.
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