The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has assured Nigeria’s Olympic team that the squad will be airlifted today to Manaus, Brazil, venue of its first game Japan in a chartered plane.
Dalung, made the promise yesterday when he visited the team and Nigeria’s D’Tiger in United States of America.
The Sports Minister, frowned at the camp conditions and welfare of the Olympic team players since the Ministry was not carried along in line with approved training and camping programs for the games.
The Minister, said he had been properly briefed about the state of affairs in the players’ camp by Mikel Obi and the Consulate in Atlanta, adding that clearance had been obtained from the International Olympic Committee, IOC, in Rio, to facilitate smooth flight operations.
The team camp in Atlanta, was reportedly in disarray following poor camp and welfare conditions which even affected the training program of the team ahead of the opening of the football event in Rio.
Nigeria’s Under Twenty-three team will play Japan on Thursday, fourth of this month in Manaus.
Dalung, had earlier arrived the camp of Nigeria’s D’Tigers, in Houston to cheer the team in their last friendly match against the star studded USA team.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers will arrive Rio, Brazil on Wednesday.