Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has taken up the role of benefactor alongside his captain's role in the U23 Olympic Team. The embattled cash strapped team has received a donation of $30,000 from the Chelsea star.
According to feelers from the club's base in Atlanta-USA, the team has been having a very difficult time since their arrival in the States.
A visibly excited player of the Dream team confided in reporters that;
"Mikel has donated $30,000 to the team. You know we have not received money since we left Nigeria."
Jon Mikel Obi was recently named the captain of the 85-man Nigerian contingent to next month's Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nigerians contingent have been desperately looking for funding for the Olympics, with many athletes recently taking to social media to source funds independently for their participation at the games. Team preparation and logistics have been virtually non-existent.
Team coach Samson Siasia only yesterday appealed to football authorities in Nigeria to come to the assistance of his team financially as they had been left to cater for themselves.He is disappointed with the approach of the country's authorities towards the games insisting that "this is not the way for any country to prepare for a major competition. Coach Siasia also revealed that his salary has not been paid for five months, leaving many wondering at the sheer ineptitude that has plagued the glass house in recent times.
Sources close to the team disclosed that an anonymous Atlanta based Nigerian had taken care of the team's expenses during the first ten days of their state in USA.