D’Tigers captain Olumide Oyedeji has announced his withdrawal from the Nigerian team currently preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He made the announcement via his official page at about 9:30AM on Wednesday, citing personal reasons.
Below is the statement released via the Olumide Oyedeji Foundation announcing his withdrawal:
“One of the most exciting memories of being a part of the Nigeria national team is qualifying for the London Olympics – the first time ever for the male basketball team, it still feels surreal. It is also a privilege to have led the team to win its first ever Afrobasket Championship, qualifying for the Rio Summer Olympics.
“However, I will not be a part of the Rio Olympic Olympic team due to personal and family reasons.
“For over two decades, I have invested in the national team on and off the court. And as I have evolved and grown as a player, with the needs of the team always paramount in my heart, my role has evolved over time. This, lately has been more off the court. It is thus paramount at this time that the Olympics Team be led by someone other than me.
“I have no doubt that the representing DTigers’ contingenthave what it takes fly the flag of Africa and Nigeria high in Rio, as I will one of their biggest fans.
Green White Green for Life”.
Until his announcement, Oyedeji served as team captain to the Nigeria Senior Men’s Basketball and has been in that capacity for several years.