By Adéronke Ojediran
Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised the dedication of former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi on Friday.
He also announced Mikel Obi as Ambassador of the Ministry of Sports.
The minister praised him during a press conference held in honor of Mikel-Obi at the National Stadium in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Dare said Obi’s appointment was intended to inspire “young Nigerians to strive for excellence”.
According to him, the former Chelsea star is a role model whose lasting legacy in the development of football has continued to have a positive impact on the young people of the country.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the former Super Eagles captain has 91 caps for the national team, a Champions League winner and a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“We are proud of you, we are proud of your achievements. You have built a brand known around the world.
“From today you are our official ambassador. We believe in your leadership and mentorship, young people have a lot to learn.
“We will build a partnership with your brand, we will support you. We have the talents.
“I firmly believe that with this collaboration we will build a lasting legacy,” said the Minister.
In his response, Obi applauded the minister for honoring him.
He promised to work hand in hand with the minister to reposition sport in the country.
“I didn’t see it coming, but I appreciate the gesture. I will do all I can to supervise the young people.
“Not just in football, basketball, volleyball and other sports. It’s important to make sure the development is uniform, ”Obi said.
NAN also reports that Obi, who has won many laurels, was CAF’s most promising player in 2005 and the 2005 FIFA junior world champions’ silver ball. (NAN)