The federal government has appointed former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi as Youth Ambassador to inspire young Nigerian to strive for excellence.
The event took place at the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) secretariat, National Stadium, in Lagos yesterday.
Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare described the former Chelsea legend as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.
Dare promised to support Mikel’s vision for sports development in the country and assured the Stoke City midfielder of federal government unalloyed support whenever he chooses to invest in the country.
“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.”
In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the sports Ministry to foster youth development in the country.
“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, Boxing among others”, said Mikel.
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