Chelsea’s midfielder and the 2016 Nigeria’s Dream Team VI captain, Mikel Obi has been inspired to put down quite a lot in his Rio diary.
The Nigerian soccer champ left for Rio with the blessings of his club. While he played the club monitored and assessed his moves in the field. A write up on their official website indicated that they were happy with the star.
After missing out on the 2012 Olympics in London, Mikel was glad to make it for 2016.
Returning with a bronze medal and a cash prize of $390 000 from an Asian benefactor, Mikel appears to be more motivated than he bargained for.
Regardless of the hurdles and challenges that came along, the star has not stopped sharing his joy for and from his Brazil experience.
“After everything we have been through, it was great to have something to show for it and we all thanked each other.”
According to the successful soccer champ, his sincerest target was the gold.
“I was obviously very clear before travelling to Brazil that my target was the gold medal. But to get the bronze is still an amazing achievement.”
Still in high spirits after the game, Mikel is seriously enthusiastic about the 2020 Olympics. The star who has developed a sort of sentimental attachment to his bronze medal says he cannot wait to make a return to the next Olympics in Japan.
“This experience has given me the hunger to do it again at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. I will be only 33 then and my game will still be at a high level.”
“I enjoyed every minute of being in Brazil and I have been talking to the other guys about playing in another Olympics. I’m already looking forward to it and the countdown is on!”
Mikel Obi who was granted a three games leave by club manager, Antonio Conte, has also been named in Super Eagles’ list to face Tanzania in the African Cup of Nations qualifier by new Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr.