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U-23 Still Hold Up In The U.S

Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The effects of poor preparation and lack of planning for the Rio Olympics are beginning to manifest as the U-23 team expected to start their campaign for gold in Rio on Friday are still held up in Atlanta, USA.
And the reason why the team failed to leave on Wednesday as planned was because of the failure to for the team’s flight ticket to Rio.
The delay means the men’s team is expected to arrive in Brazil less than 36 hours before their opening match.
“The money paid by the [sports] ministry for the charter flight did not hit airline’s account on Tuesday so they refused to fly the team to Brazil,” a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said.
“The Nigerian government [sports ministry] is responsible for booking the tickets for the team to travel but we heard there is a logistical mix-up with payments,” a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation told the BBC.
“Kindly note that it is the responsibility of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to move the team. The transfer system in the banks is very slow,” said Amaju Pinnickvia his twitter account.
“We are working seriously with the ministry asnd the NOC now. It will be ok,” he concluded.
The hitch in the transfer of funds is being blamed on currency conversions via various bank accounts.“It is a cumbersome exercise but they should have started the process much earlier, which NFF was pointing out. This issue has nothing to do with the NFF,” the source explained.
Inside the squad, the picture is not clear when they will be leaving. One of the players told the BBC: “We’ve been told to get ready to fly out in few hours but that’s been the story since last week.”