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Monday, August 29

Mikel Obi's Father Criticised Son And Blast Federal Government - Read More




– Pa Michael Obi, Mikel’s father has criticized the federal government for not welcoming the Nigeria Under 23 that won bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics like heroes

– Pa Obi says the least he expected was a hero welcome and a presidential handshake to appreciate the team’s performance

– Pa Obi expresses his disappointment with his son for leading the team back to Nigeria before returning to Chelsea

Pa Michael Obi, the father of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has slammed the federal government over the treatment given to Nigeria Under 23 that won bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Speaking to The Punch, Pa Obi criticized the government for making no plans to welcome the team, even as he expressed his disappointment with his son for leading the team back to Nigeria before returning to Chelsea.

Pa Obi said he had expected his son to lead the team to the country to be given a rapturous welcome and a presidential reception, but lamented the majority of the  players left for their clubs after beating Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match  to win Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Games


He said: “I was surprised to read that there are no plans to receive the team. It is very unfair, especially after the team won the only medal at the Games.

“The least they had expected was a hero welcome and a presidential handshake to appreciate their superlative performance, especially when nobody had expected that they would go far  at the Games.

“I had expected Mikel to lead the team back to Nigeria, accorded a befitting reception, before going  back to their various clubs.

“This is want an appreciative sports authorities and the federal government would have done.

“We are all aware of the shoddy preparations for the Games and how they were stranded in another country before they got to the venue, a few hours to the start of their first game against Japan. Despite this, they struggled to make the country proud and if this is all they could get for their efforts, I think it’s very unfortunate.”

Nigeria has now won gold, silver and bronze from the Men’s football event of the Olympics after a third place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The U23 team won gold in 1996 and picked silver eight years ago, also under Samson Siasia.

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