Tianjin Teda of China midfielder, John Mikel Obi has declared that he has a burning desire to help Nigeria hunt for hidden talents from the streets in all nooks and crannies across the country.
The Super Eagles’ captain said as much during the official launch of his youth foundation project, which footballlive.ng gathered will engage in development young football talents in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The 31-year-old midfielder launched the project at CIS Pitch, Lekki, Lagos, during which the former Plateau United of Jos, Lyn Oslo of Norway and Chelsea of England star used the occasion to restate his commitment to the Eagles, and promised that he will soon be back in the team.
He, however, said for now, his biggest thoughts are for the talent hunt venture, as he is hoping to use the ‘Mikel Obi Foundation’ to discover new talents for the round leather game across Africa.
Mikel stressed: “Home is where it all started for me. I will always want to give back to Nigeria, my community and that is why I am doing this.
“This is the time to do this for the kids and we are going to make sure we make this a success.
“When we kick off proper, it’s going to be about going to the streets, villages to find talent.
“We know Nigeria has talents and this is what I want to do. We are looking at Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
“I have been on break. I am not tired yet, I think the day I will retire, I will let everyone know before I make the statement.”