Mikel wants to join U-23 Eagles for Rio Olympics

Mikel wants to join U-23 Eagles for Rio Olympics

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Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has indicated his willingness to feature for the U-23 team at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as one of three over-aged players.

However, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, said yesterday that he was not aware of such move.

“Sincerely speaking, I don’t know anything about such move by Mikel,” Pinnick said.

The 28-year-old Mikel has won almost every major trophy at stake, including the UEFA Champions League and English Premier League, but he has so far missed out on playing at the Olympics.

Incidentally, it was coach Samson Siasia who left him out from the Beijing 2008 Olympics after the midfielder had stayed away from the qualifiers for the competition.

“He has made it clear he wishes to play at the Rio Olympics,’ a top official of the NFF said.

“But it is left for the coach to pick who will be the overage players along to Brazil next year.”

For the 2008 Olympics, Siasia took along Ozase Odemwingie and Victor Anichebe as overage players.

Nigeria, back under Siasia, will lead Algeria and South Africa to the Rio 2016 Olympics in August after they clinched the U-23 AFCON in Senegal at the weekend.

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