Former Nigeria midfielder, Emeka Ezeugo has stoutly defended Mikel John Obi, who is alleged to have sidetracked a Dubai based Nigerian, Michael Okafor, who claimed to have linked him up with $4 million move to Kuwait SC.
Okafor had gone to town with complaint that the former Chelsea midfielder refused to extend financial kindness to him despite initiating the process that culminated in the former Nigeria skipper signing the lucrative deal with Kuwait SC in the summer.
His claim, as reported by some outlets a couple of days ago, has continued to whip up support for him, with his sympathisers carpeting Mikel, but Ezeugo maintains the Mikel he knows couldn’t have done so, and urged his traducers to hear his side of the story before drawing conclusions.
He said: “If the information was given to Mikel Obi in order to make money from it, a contract should have been made with the signatures of both parties appended on it. Such information can be given to anyone free of charge as well.
“Note that I have never met Mikel Obi, we don’t know each other at all and I am not tribalistic one bit. But the Mikel that I have watched playing football on television is not the Mikel Obi that you people are accusing here. Everyone castigating and condemning Mikel have done so without seeing or hearing his side of the story. People have made their judgements based on one side of the story, and there are more than one side to a story.”
Formerly of Plateau United, Lyn Oslo, Trabzonspor, Middlesbrough and Stoke City, Mikel joined Kuwait SC on 1 July 2021 after cancelling his contract agreement with Stoke City.