Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles Olympics team, the Dream Team VI, is in grave danger, with a high risk of being thrown out of their hotel rooms in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja, due to accumulated bills amounting to more than N7 million.
A top football administrator who revealed the information to an online sports portal, dailysportsng, lamented the grave danger that looms for the team at the Olympic Games in Rio and football in general.
“Whether we believe it or not the game is in for tough times in the country till the tenure of the present administration elapses including that of the Sports Minister who runs the ministry like an emperor. “The way the country’s athletes would collapse may send many to bed rest in hospitals. We are in for another Olympic Games mess just like the London 2012 sham,” he explains.
It was further learnt that not only that the team does not even have money to fuel their bus to go for training, the NFF claims that it is the responsibility of the Sports Ministry to provide money for Olympic preparations.
Unfortunately, the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and Alhassan Yakmut, former Director General of the National Sports Commission have engaged each other in a blame game to account for the colossal N2.9 billion released by the Presidency as part of fund for all Rio Olympic Games preparations.
Coach Samson Siasia and his two assistants were expected lead the first batch of the squad on Tuesday night to the training camp in the United States of America ahead of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The second batch was billed to fly out yesterday.
The Olympic team are due to play a friendly against Mexico this weekend.
Last week, the NFF confirmed that there would be a friendly match between the Nigeria Olympic team and the U23 National Team of Mexico in Mexico on Saturday, 2nd July. The match will take place at the Aguascalientes Stadium, home ground of newly promoted top tier club, Necaxa FC, and is scheduled to start at 8.30pm Mexican time.
The NFF also announced that after the friendly, the Nigeria U23 squad will continue its training camp in the United States of America and will play Charleston Battery FC in Atlanta on Saturday, 16th July. A game against the Honduras U23 team is also being planned for 27th July.