After denying John Mikel Obi paid $4,600 for outstanding hotel bills before they departed to Salvador for their quarter-finals game against Denmark, the Youth and Sports Development ministry has refunded the U-23 captain the money.
The NFF yesterday wrote on it’s website that “the Ministry of Youth and Sports has refunded to Captain Mikel Obi the $4,600 he paid for the team in São Paulo on their way to Salvador”.
It was earlier reported that some officials who were not captured in the 25-man football Olympic list incurred some debt which the hotel demanded before they could let them go and Mikel had to pay the bill to avoid them being embarrassed.
The sports minister, Solomon Dalung however denied it, saying:
“When we checked out of the hotel, the money was added and the Permanent Secretary paid all outstanding bills. I am surprised to hear and read that Mikel Obi saved an embarrassing situation by paying the bills”.