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Mikel announced Team Nigeria captain to Rio, Oshonaike is vice

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has been named Team Nigeria captain to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Tennis star Funke Oshonaike is handed the vice-captain ahead of the Games that begins on August 5 in Brazil, according to Special Assistant on Media to Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze.

Mikel is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games, after missing out on the 2008 edition in Beijing, China where he was widely expected to make an appearance.

Oshonaike is making her sixth appearance at the Olympics after she made her debut at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

“Mikel and Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.

“Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer of international status and we believe he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes, while Oshonaike is experienced and is one of the oldest athletes in the team.

“We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to Team Nigeria and project the county’s image positively to the world,’’ Ikem-Anibeze said in the statement.

Another tennis icon Segun Toriola, who is making his 7th Olympics appearance, was overlook.

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