Why I made Mikel U-23 captain – Siasia


Head Coach of Nigeria’s Olympic football team, Samson Siasia, has revealed why he named Chelsea defensive midfielder, John Mikel Obi, the skipper of the Under-23 team.
Siasia said the choice of Mikel was automatic as he is the captain of the Super Eagles and also the captain of Team Nigeria to the Games.
“It’s just natural for me to pick Mikel as our captain. Aside the fact that he is the captain of the Super Eagles, he is also Team Nigeria captain. So after meeting with both of them and explaining my position, I am pleased to say Azubuike, who has been our captain, understood and was happy to hand over the captain’s band to Mikel.
“It is a thing of joy for my team to produce the first footballer to captain Team Nigeria to the Olympics. This, to me, is more than gratifying.”
The players unanimously accepted Mikel Obi as their captain and expressed delight at the role he has been playing since he joined the team.
On his part, Mikel expressed joy at being made the captain of the Dream Team and said he sees it as an honour that must yield result in Brazil.