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Dalung Faces Uncertain Future Over U-23 Embarrassment

Posted: Aug 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Sports, might have incurred the wrath of the presidency over the haphazard nature the U-23 men’s football team travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The team earlier billed to travel last Friday only left on Friday and arrived Brazil less than seven hours to its first match against Japan. The team flew straight to Manuas, venue of the match against Japan as against flying to Rio.

A telephone call to Dalung was not successful but a dependable source in the ministry of sports, who declined to be named, disclosed that the presidency has frowned at the shoddy treatment meted to the team ahead of the Games.

“We know that the presidency is not happy with what has happened to the team. We were told that President Muhammadu Buhari is not happy not because he loves football like that or the players but because what happened to the team is an international embarrassment,” the source said.

“The ministry is bearing the whole blame and as I speak to you, we don’t know what happen because they feel the whole issue ought to have been handled very well by the ministry; it is very sad,” added the source.

The team cut international embarrassment when they were abandoned by the Nigeria authorities at their Atlanta Georgia hotel for days with daily expectation of a flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, venue of the Olympic Games.

The team finally left for Brazil in a seven-hour flight about 1pm on Friday, with the risk of a jetlag and boredom before playing Japan in the early hours of today.

The team, it will be recalled, went for the American training tour with little or no input from the ministry and were severally threatened with eviction from their hotel on account of accumulated bills.