Nigeria Olympic team Atlanta saga 'dirty' reveals sports minister

Nigeria Olympic team Atlanta saga 'dirty' reveals sports minister
Nigeria Olympic team leaving Atlanta after they were stranded for several days

by Samm Audu

Friday Aug 19, 2016. 14:47

Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung has hinted at shady deals behind the country’s football team being stranded for several days at their training base in Atlanta, USA, before they finally made their way to the Olympics in Brazil.

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It is expected that after the Rio Olympics a high-powered probe will be initiated by the minister to uncover the truth behind the drama, which caused Nigeria international shame.

The Nigeria team only flew into Brazil barely seven hours before their opening match against Japan.

And Dalung said on a television interview Thursday that the episode revealed “quiet dirty” details which those involved cannot defend themselves against when they are confronted with.

“The Atlanta event was quiet dirty and some of the actors (involved) cannot stand before Nigeria (to answer to these charges),” Dalung alleged.

“The event of Atlanta was another attempt to rip the country off.”

Dalung said he has a receipt from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the chartered flight that eventually flew the team from Atlanta to Manaus when he alleged that Delta Airlines confirmed to his officials that the flight was their own “contribution” to the country’s Olympic campaign.

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