Olympics: Frazzled Nigeria finally jet out to Manaus

The Dream Team finally departed for Manaus from their Atlanta training base after multiple delays that threatened their arrival in Brazil.


Nigeria’s Men’s Olympic football team, Dream Team VI finally departed for Manaus from Atlanta on Thursday after multiple delays that left the team stranded in the United States.

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Samson Siasia’s side face Japan in the opening game of the football event of the Games and will arrive in Brazil with just hours to spare before the clash against the Samurai Blues.

Tweets from the team’s media officer showed the team pass through immigration at the airport where he claimed they were harangued by Japanese reporters.

At the airport now pic.twitter.com/WFulMP1eKw

— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 4, 2016

Dream Team about leaving for the airport flight is 7am, all set to go pic.twitter.com/WahXEFgVYA

— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 4, 2016

Going through immigration pic.twitter.com/J1M7RA8N6R

— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 4, 2016

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.




  1. I watch d Japanese play here .dey lik to move d ball around hard. Dream team can caught dem unaware wit fast breaks . Dey wil commit offence dat can bring penalty easily. But dey can play long ball at dying minutes. Dey also lose concentration easily at d rear.. Ja pan will fall. Coach alikhlas fc dubai.

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