Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sport Development, The Hon. Sunday Dare has described Mikel Obi’s dedication of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League title to the late Rashidi Yekini as his proudest moment in the midfielder’s illustrious career.
Mikel Obi announced his retirement from active football on Tuesday 27 September and the Hon. Sunday Dare praised the midfielder’s exemplary career in his message published on Wednesday 28 September.
“I join you, Mikel John Obi, in celebrating your retirement from professional soccer. Thank you for proudly wearing the green and white jersey of our Fatherland. ‘ began the message from the Minister of Sport.
“For more than a decade you have made Nigerians proud and put smiles on the faces of households. First of all as a player, but also as a captain, your ethics and commitment have been exemplary.
“We will remember you with a smile as an integral part of the historic, all-conquering AFCON team of 2013. The little boy we saw as an eagle grew into an unstoppable eagle years later.”
“You represented Nigeria with your art as a worthy ambassador on the biggest stages abroad. On a suspenseful evening in Munich, you dedicated your UEFA Champions League success to our legend Late Rashidi Yekini.
“We couldn’t be prouder of you, John. You left an impressive mark for others to follow and I join millions of Nigerians around the world in celebrating you.” The Hon. Sunday Dare wrote.
The sports minister has always been a huge fan of the midfielder’s career, even making possible his appointment as Nigeria’s youth ambassador in June 2021.