Mikel not helping financially
John Obi Mikel has stated that he is not helping his teammates financially contrary to some media reports.
Indeed some rumors said that the Nigerian player has been giving money from his personal account to his teammates.
John Obi Mikel is currently in Brazil where he will be participating with Nigeria in the Olympic football tournament. The Olympic rules allow some overage players to be selected, and John Obi Mikel is one of them for Nigeria.
He said that these are all rumors and that he has never helped his teammates financially. For John Obi Mikel these are all rumors that will create division in the team and said they should be avoided. He stated that he was not even aware of this article, and it is a friend in Nigeria that has informed him. He said that he did not want to believe it at first as he thought that it was a joke, but then he was given the proof.
He said that if the media want the Nigerian team to succeed at the Olympics they should be creating news that unite the team instead of propagating such rumors. He has urged all the Nigerian fans to get behind the team and help them win a medal at the tournament in Brazil.
John Obi Mikel said that the aim of the team is to perform well in Rio but with such rumors, it can be quite difficult. He stated that this creates friction in the team and make their life more difficult. He said that such articles in the media create unnecessary distractions and prevent the team from being focused on their objectives.
John Obi Mikel believes that they have a good team and that they can make a good performance in the Olympics football tournament.