Rio Olympics heroes raise alarm over $390,000 Japanese gift

Rio Olympics heroes raise alarm over $390,000 Japanese gift
Siasia, Mikel flank Japanese fan Takasu who donated $390,000 to the Nigeria Olympic team in Brazil

by BackPageTXT

Friday Sep 09, 2016. 15:46

Both players and officials of the Nigeria team to the Rio Olympics have said they are becoming increasingly uneasy that they have yet to receive their share of the $390,000 gift by a Japanese surgeon several weeks after the cheques were presented to the team.

Impressed Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu wrote out two Citibank cheques - $200,000 in favour of coach Samson Siasia and another $190,000 in favour of Chelsea star Mikel.

It was further gathered that officials of a top commercial bank flew out to Uyo to collect the cheque in Mikel’s name when the Super Eagles assembled there for an AFCON qualifier against Tanzania last week.

It is expected that this cheque will clear in a few days now.

Coach Siasia, on the other hand, has said he has lodged the other cheque in his name at a bank and that it will take 22 working days for him to be able to cash it.

He is currently back in the United States of America, where he lives with his family.

A worried team member expressed some reservations over the delay cashing these cheques, saying they may well be schemed out of getting their share of the cash gift.

“The entire team agreed how this money will be shared, but with all these delays we are no longer sure we will get what has been promised us,” he complained.

“Delay is very, very dangerous in this case.”

"We really don't know what is happening as regards the cash," added a player to the Rio Olympics.

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