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John Mikel Obi Dream Team VI midfielder hails captain

John Mikel Obi has been hailed by his Dream Team VI teammate, Azubuike for his impact in the team.

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John Mikel Obi play John Mikel Obi (Getty Images )

Dream Team VI midfielder Okechukwu Azubuike has hailed Captain John Mikel Obi for his impact in the squad.

Off and on the pitch, Mikel Obi has been a fantastic leader for the Dream Team VI during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Chelsea midfielder was impressive in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Denmark in the quart-finals on Saturday, August 13.

Speaking on Mikel, Azubuike said his midfield partner has exceeded his expectation.

Azubuike Okechukwu and Shoya Nakajima play Okechukwu Azubuike tackles a Japanese player in Nigeria's first game (Getty Images )

 

“I expected him to impact the team during games only but his impact has been 100% on and off the pitch,” Azubuike told FC Naija.

A lot, he has been talking to everyone on and off the pitch, he’s been a great leader speaking positive words and also encouraging us during games.”

Mikel is a popular figure among the Dream Team VI and has been given a nickname in camp, ‘Odogwu’.

John Mikel Obi play John Mikel Obi (Getty Images )

 

Off the pitch, sources in camp have revealed that Mikel has been helping out the team from his pocket.

He recently paid N1.8m ($4,600) for the hotel bills of team in Sao Paulo but has gotten a refund from the Sports Ministry.

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