John Obi Mikel has debunked reports that he donated the sum of 30,000 dollars to the Nigeria U23 dream team camping in the United States of America.
Several reports from Nigerian media on Thursday, July 28 reported that Mikel donated the sum after he joined the squad on Monday, July at their camp in Atlanta, United States.
Mikel, who is one of the two overage players in Samson Siasia’s squad for Rio Olympics was said to have given the Dream Team VI that amount to ease their sufferings owing to abandonment from the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Chelsea star has however discredited the news saying it was a ploy to divide the team. The furious Super Eagles captain who spoke from the team’s camp at the Hyatt Place, said:
"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,”.
"I don't know the source of this story which to me is all out to divide us as a team. I would have thought that stories that should be coming out in the media are stories that will unite the team instead of dividing us. Our target in Rio is to excel, but if they continue like this, then I wonder how we can be united.
"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,” Mikel stated.
The Chelsea FC ace finally urged the sporting press and Nigerians generally to support the team and wish the players and officials well as they prepare for the men’s football tournament of the Rio Olympics.
Nigeria U23 National team is drawn in Group B at 2016 Rio Olympics Men Football. Nigeria will play its first game against Japan on August 4 at the 40, 549 capacity Arena da Amazonia. Then, three days after, on August 7, the team will take on Sweden at the same venue. Nigeria’s last group game will be against Colombia at the 48, 234 capacity Arena Corinthians on August 10.