FORMER Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi has been appointed by Nigeria’s federal government as one of the country’s youth ambassadors by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Conferred with the honour yesterday at an event held at the National Stadium, Lagos, which was attended by the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, Mikel was also assured of federal government support whenever he chooses to invest in the country. Mikel was described by the minister as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.
Mr Dare said: “Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.
“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria youth ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians.”
Mikel responded saying: “I feel highly honoured to be appointed as youth ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development, not just in football but in other sports like basketball and boxing among others.”