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The “Dream Team” Has Finally Landed! Nigeria’s Football Team Arrives Brazil for Olympics After Drama

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Nigerian Footballers for Olympics 2016The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this evening that the ‘dream team’ has arrived for the Olympics in Manaus, a city in Brazil – see the photos below.

This was after several international sites reported that there was drama which delayed the team at different points.

Goal.com reports –

The team were initially scheduled to leave for Manaus on Tuesday but a logistical mix-up over the payment for the charter flight meant the airline refused to airlift the Olympic footballers to Brazil.

An alternative arrangement was reached for the players to leave on Wednesday, however, player complaints about the size of the aircraft then disrupted their travel plans.

The issue was finally resolved when the Federal Government of Nigeria intervened by hiring a Delta Airlines All-VIP jet to take the players and crew on their seven-hour flight to the Amazon city of Manaus.

The delay means the Dream Team will arrive in Brazil with barely four hours until they kick-off their campaign against Asian U-23 champions Japan as they hope to emulate the Kanu Nwankwo-led side that won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

They arrived a mere few hours before their first game in group B against Japan. Go Dream Team! We hope they put up a good match despite the challenges.

7 Comments

  1. Ba

    August 5, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Seems they had fun

  2. Tosin Abiodun

    August 5, 2016 at 12:40 am

    All the best. We wish you well. Be careful not to return with zika virus

  3. Ruth

    August 5, 2016 at 12:57 am

    According to CNN, Delta is footing the bill for now, making sure the team gets to Arena de Amazonia for the evening kickoff!! After the team rushes to get to their match on time Thursday, all bills will be paid back by the Nigerian Football Federation…..

  4. ATL's finest

    August 5, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Yayyyyyy!!! Congrats & thanks to God for Journey mercies. Ok I’m excited to watch the touch been lit & above all, the matching & some good sports :)) 7pm sharp, it’s me & NBC ..

  5. Supporter

    August 5, 2016 at 4:44 am

    All the best to our dear team….arriving 4 hours to competition is rather tight though. Nigeria we hail thee

  6. Mimi May

    August 5, 2016 at 8:01 am

    FGN, Sports Minister, NFF shame on you all. Always playing the 11th hour game with these players. Always displaying lack of sportsmanship. You don’t motivate these players at all. Always owing them and allowing them go hungry at Atlanta. It was Mikel Obi that lend the players $30k for feeding. Siasia had to speak out of their predicament to press that prompted NFF to shut him up and stopped communicating with him rather, NFF appointed Mikel Obi captain and spokes person of the team. Not to talk of gbagaun SM made. Shame on you!
    Thank God that after all these travails, the team won Japan. God bless you guys.

  7. Prince

    August 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Big shame of the Sports Minister, just look at the way you disgraced yourself.

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