The former Nigeria international is still actively involved in the game, having only extended his stay at Stoke City a few weeks ago
Stoke City midfielder John Mikel Obi has confirmed and accepted his appointment as Nigeria’s youth ambassador after meeting with the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday.
Mikel Obi recently identified with the government in power in the West African nation when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.
Mr Bello is rumoured to be nursing a presidential ambition under the ruling party, All Progressive Congress.
A modern-day legend of the game, Mikel Obi, in his new role, will be expected to champion the causes of the youth and inspire them to be better.
And reacting to his appointment, the ex-Chelsea ace expressed his delight while promising to wield his influence far and beyond the beautiful game that brought him fame and riches.
“I feel highly honoured to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country. It is a great feeling,” the 34-year-old said.
“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.”
Mikel Obi remains one of the few Nigerians to have won the UEFA Champions League after helping Chelsea claim the prestigious trophy in 2012.
A year later, the classy defensive midfielder sealed his legacy in Nigerian football forever when he inspired the Super Eagles to her third continental triumph at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted by South Africa.