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WATCH Sports Minister Dalung Apologise to Dream Team for Pre-Olympics Drama – “it’s when a man faces challenges that his true ability is tested”

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Dalung with the Dream Team’s Technical Crew and Captain Mikel Obi

Solomon Dalung, the Minister Youth and Sports, on Monday apologized to players and officials of Nigeria’s Olympic football team, Dream Team VI, for the circumstances that led to their late arrival in Brazil.

Dalung tendered the apology in the dressing room after Nigeria’s 1-0 victory against Sweden in their second group B match.

With the victory the Dream Team VI had reached the last eight of the Men’s Olympic Football event at the ongoing Games in Brazil.

Dalung said:

“I want to apologise for all the circumstances that led to your late arrival here. I apologise because I am the head and as such I must take responsibility for anything that happens under my watch.

I want to assure you that we appreciate your efforts, and I want to say that it’s when a man faces challenges that his true ability is tested. I am sure we all have learnt our lessons and will take the lessons to heart going forward”.

He added that Dream Team faced similar challenges on their way to winning the Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Senegal last year, which qualified Nigeria for the Olympics.

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Dalung assured the players and officials that all bonuses and allowances due to them will be paid.

Responding, team captain Mikel Obi assured the Minister that the team will not lose focus as their target is to win the gold medal for Nigeria.

Nigeria will play Colombia on Wednesday at the Arena dos Corinthians in Sao Paulo in their final group match.

Nigeria is drawn in group B with Japan, Sweden and Columbia.

The 2016 Summer Olympics games which started on August 5 will end on August 21.

Photo Credit: Twitter – @pachonj

6 Comments

  1. Riiiigght

    August 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Ok so you were tested and found wanting, do the honourable thing and resign.

    • The Bull

      August 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Nigerian leader resign? impossible!!!

  2. tsk

    August 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    that’s the problem with nigeria, we forgive too easily. how can this irresponsible minister still have his job?! no accountability whatsoever

  3. Pearl

    August 9, 2016 at 12:21 am

    SMH RESIGN! That’s all I want. I’m so disappointed in Buhari, chasing the ghost of past regime, while incompetence is the order of the people uners his administration, including economy, sports, everything is literally worse. We need to ask Buhari to resign too. It’s about time.

  4. Really Concerned

    August 9, 2016 at 1:53 am

    This Dalung or whatever he calls himself is a moron with capital M. He just made a 360 turn to come around because these players won two of their matches. This same man had prayed in his heart for the team to embarrass themselves so that he will justify his previous action. In as much as we encourage patriotism, my advise to upcoming players is that they play with their heads not their mind. Nigeria is not worth sacrificing your career for. Hopefully, they will learn from previous generations of players who were patriotic and take their time to find out what happened to the likes of Amuneke, Amokachie and many more. The case of late Stephen Keshi is still fresh in our memory. 9ja is not that type of country one should go all out for because these criminals we call leaders and politicians will abandon you at your time of need when you have give your all.

  5. Cynthia

    August 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    “He added that Dream Team faced similar challenges on their way to winning the Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Senegal last year, which qualified Nigeria for the Olympics.”
    Like President, Like Minister. Blame the past, excuse your foolishness. Mchew

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