Nigerian athletes preparing for the upcoming All Africa Games, AAG may still wait beyond their proposed day of departure to Congo, venue of this year’s sporting event due to delay in the release of funds.
The Nigeria Sports Commission, NSC, had fixed the departure of mainly the first badge of athletes and officials on August 29, but fillers within the corridors of power indicate that money meant for Team Nigeria to feature at the continent’s most prestigious competition was yet to be released barley two months after it was approved.
About 500 athletes drawn from 21 different sports in the country are expected to take part in the 11th AAG.
A top official within the Sports Commission who pleaded anonymity told Nigerian Pilot Sports that August 31 has become another tentative date scheduled for Nigerian contingent to depart with a chartered flight.
“I cannot really tell of when the athletes will leave Nigeria due to lack of funds for now. The various federations have been asked to ensure that their athletes continue preparation in full swing pending when notification for departure is out.
“Before now, the management proposed August 29 but the way things are going, no one knows what will happen before Saturday,” the reliable source added.
When our correspondent visited the operational headquarters of NSC located within Abuja National Stadium yesterday, it was observed that DG Malam Al Hassan Yakmut was locked in an intense meeting with the representative of various sports federations who were discussing the extent of preparations so far and the way out of the financial drawback.
Yakmut had led president of participating sports and some other stakeholders to visit President Buhari in the Presidential Villa on Monday as part of measure to brief the President on the goings on so far as well as mount further pressure regarding funding requirement.

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