According to reports, the financial difficulties facing the U-23 Dream Team has forced the medi...
According to reports, the financial difficulties facing the U-23 Dream Team has forced the media officer of the team and players to return to Nigeria.
Media officer Timi Ebikagboro (pictured above with Mikel) and two alternate Stanley Dimgba and goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed have been ordered to return to the country while two alternate players, Taiwo Awoniyi and Godwin Saviour, have since left the squad.
According to the claims, Ebikagboro and the players will fly out by 1am Nigerian time from the Nigerian camp in Sao Paolo and head back to Lagos.
Ebikagboro did not join the team’s training camp in Atlanta Georgia, United States on time as the US Embassy in Nigeria did not release his visa on time.
He joined few days to departure to Brazil and now he is returning back home. The alternate players and the media officer are not on official list of the Olympics organizers but they could have stayed if the Nigeria Olympic Committee had decided so.
Reports say ‘Ebikagboro, Dimgba and Muhammed will return to Nigeria Tuesday while their flight- Ethiopia Airline will leave Sao Paolo 1am Nigerian time for Lagos today’.
The media officer has however cleared the air by confirming that they are actually leaving but for another reason entirely. We asked him about the issue and here's what he had to say.
@wolexis no body has ordered me, Hahahahahahaha, that poem has been circulating long before now,— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 15, 2016
Contrary to reports making the round, those of us leaving tonight we're not ordered to leave Rio, rather we all chose to leave after 1/2— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 15, 2016
Every one of us were paid all their allowances, reason Usman Chata, the equipment manager has decided to stay back, he is among those 2/3— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 15, 2016
Not accredited for the Rio games, don't want to join issues, but trying to state things the way they are, God bless Nigeria— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 15, 2016
Nigeria’s next match is against Germany in the semi-final of the men’s football tournament of the Rio Olympics.And still in the lies being told, our flight is 1am Tuesday and we are not arrvivng early hours of Tuesday, it's wise if we write truth— Timi Ebikagboro (@ebikagboro) August 15, 2016