The Nigeria Football Federation has congratulated Nigeria international midfielder, Mikel Obi, on winning the UEFA Champions League title with his English Premiership club Chelsea in Munich on Saturday night.
The NFF President, Aminu Maigari said on Sunday that Mikel Obi is a pride to the Nigerian nation and deserves plaudits from all and sundry not only for his club’s victory, but for his personal commitment and high performance in the campaign.
Mr. Maigari said “We are all very proud of Mikel Obi, and we congratulate him for this sweet victory. More gladdening is the fact that he was not a docile member of the team, or a bench-warmer. He was very active and played his part brilliantly in ensuring a magnificent triumph for Chelsea.
“The whole nation should praise the young man. He fought hard and showed dedication all through the campaign and in the process, lifted our country’s name high in international football,” Mr. Maigari said.
Mikel Obi played the entire 120 minutes of regulation and extra time. The march reached its peak at the penalty shoot out, where Chelsea won Bayern Munich 4-3 at the Allianz Arena to claim the prestigeous UEFA Champions League title for the first time.
“We must look at this win in its true context: Chelsea won the title right at the home ground of Bayern Munich, in front of their own fans. It is an amazing story, and our own Mikel Obi was part of it,” Mr. Maigari added.