Pa Michael Obi, father of Team Nigeria’s U23 men’s football team captain Mikel Obi, has criticized the Federal Government of neglect and improper reception of the squad when they returned from Rio, Brazil at the end of the 2016 Olymics yesterday.
Speaking in Plateau State capital, Jos, Obi said o Wednesday:
“I was surprised to read that there are no plans to receive the team. It is very unfair, especially after the team won the only medal at the Games,.
“The least they had expected was a hero’s welcome and a presidential handshake to appreciate their superlative performance, especially when nobody had expected that they would go far at the Games.
“I had expected Mikel to lead the team back to Nigeria, accorded a befitting reception, before going back to their various clubs.
“This is want an appreciate sports authorities and the Federal Government would have done.
“We are all aware of the shoddy preparations for the Games and how they were stranded in another country before they got to the venue, a few hours to the start of their first game against Japan. Despite this, they struggled to make the country proud and if this is all they could get for their efforts, I think it’s very unfortunate.”