Nigeria’s captain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mikel Obi has narrated his experience during the games.
Mikel told his club’s website, Chelseafc.com, that it was mixed experience of good and bad.
On his role as Team Nigeria’s captain, he said, “Yes, it was amazing. Leading the team not just in football but athletics, basketball, everything, was amazing for me. What an honour to be able to do that, and to represent my country is something I’m always proud of.
“The boys were absolutely amazing and I hope to see them all playing at the top level soon.”
Mikel also talked about financial constraints the team suffered and how the boys had worked hard to get a medal.
“It wasn’t a great experience in the build-up in Atlanta. There was no food for the guys, no bus to go to training, no pitch to train on.
“Coming into the team I tried to help as much as I can. The boys had suffered for two years, working very hard trying to play in Rio. I wanted to help as much as I could and they all say they owe me. It’s a great achievement that we managed to go there and win a medal.”
On his relationship with Samson Siasia, he said,
“We have known each other for a long time. We know how to communicate with each other and it made for a good atmosphere with the rest of the team on the training pitch. We tried to calm the players, make them see the bigger picture and not let external things influence us.”