Rio Olympics: Nigeria U-23 Dream Team May miss Q-final clash with Denmark

If the reports coming out from the U-23 camp in Rio are anything to go by, Nigeria’s Dream Team VI may boycott their quarter-final clash against Denmark over unpaid allowances.


According to a source who spoke to African Football, the players have threatened not to show up for the match if they don’t receive their monies.

“The players said that their level of patriotism has already dwindled because of the way they have been treated by the government officials prior to the Olympic Games,” the source said.

“Now they said they won’t step out to train until the remaining balance of their training and camp allowances are paid.

“Not only that, they have threatened not to play the quarter-final against Denmark on Saturday until all the monies owed them are paid.

“As we speak now, the only money that the players have received was the $150 dollars per day for 11 days, while there are more than that 11 days still to be paid and no extra money was received for the matches played so far,” the source added.

We earlier reported how the players and officials of the team were held ransom at their Sao Paulo Hotel, over unpaid bills incurred by additional officials.

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It was the intervention of the team captain, Mikel John Obi, that saved the day as he had to part with $4,000 of his personal money, to ensure that he and his teammates did not miss their flight to Salvador for their clash against Denmark.