Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has revealed to the world that he gave up his Chelsea career to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Mikel who led Nigeria’s U23 team to the Olympic Games where they won the bronze medal never played again for Chelsea when he returned.
Mikel who revealed in an interview on the super eagle’s YouTube channel said he advised Victor Moses to stay back and fight for his shirt while he went to Brazil with Nigeria’s U23 for the Olympic Games.
“When the opportunity came out to either to go to Rio or play for Chelsea, I told Victor Moses because it was both of us, I was older, he is younger, he hasn’t played yet for the club, I said ‘you stay back’, I will go, if I lose my place it’s fine. Victor Did, he stayed, I went, I came back, the managers never spoke to me again, didn’t put me in the team, then I said ‘okay fine’ and I left. It’s the commitment and love that I have for my country.”
This revelation is coming after Mikel once denied that he was being ignored by Antonio Conte because he played at the 2016 Olympic Games when Super eagle’s boss Gernot Rohr hinted it.