Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation have expressed disappointed over stories making the round that Team Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, on Thursday donated the sum of $30,000 to the U-23 Eagles after the team threatened to embark on strike ahead of their trip to Rio Olympics.
But the NFF feeling slighted with the captain’s action, immediately issued a statement denying Mikel’s goodwill.
According to NFF’s statement, the Super Eagles captain was furious saying: “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 NFF quoted Mikel to have said: “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.”
The Chelsea FC ace then appealed to the sporting press and Nigerians generally to rally round the team and wish the players and officials well as they get ready for the men’s football tournament of the Rio Olympics.