Dalung chides NFF over U-23 poor camp condition

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung
has rebuked officials of the Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) over the poor condition of the U-23 team camp and
welfare of the players.
Speaking when he visited the team’s camp in Atlanta, USA,
Dalung restated that the Ministry was not carried along in
line with approved training and camping programs for the
“There is no doubt that the ministry was not considered
while plans were being made for the Olympic football team.
Nevertheless, we shall intervene to remedy the situation. I
have appealed to the captain to assume control of the team
and restore sanity. For officials who decided to violate the
code of their profession and take to media rampage to
secure cheap blackmail, their conduct will definitely be
measured with existing rules.
“We have decided to restore sanity and discipline in Team
Nigeria. We shall stop at nothing to sanction any conduct
that is not within the code of Rio operations. All federations
are hereby directed to stick to the rules,” Dalung said.
Meanwhile, Media Aide to the Minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze
says life has returned to team’s camp in Atlanta USA after
Dalung had a heart to heart talk with the captain of Team
Nigeria John Mikel Obi.
The Dream Team VI camp in Atlanta was reportedly in
disarray following poor camp and welfare conditions which
even affected the training programe of the team ahead of
the opening of the football event in Rio.
According to her, Dalung, who is in the United States of
America to visit the football and basketball teams ahead of
the games, said he had been properly briefed about the
state of affairs in the players’ camp by the captain of the
team John Mikel Obi and the Consulate in Atlanta.
He said arrangements have been concluded to airlift the
team to Manaus, Brazil venue of their first game in a
chartered plane today (Tuesday Aug 2, 2016), adding that
clearance has also been obtained from the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio to facilitate smooth flight
The U-23 team will play Japan on Aug 4, 2016. They are in
Group B also with Columbia and Sweden.
Barrister Dalung had earlier arrived in the Hotel ICON
Houston camp of the men’s national basketball team to
cheer the D’Tigers in their last friendly match against the
star studded USA team. D’Tigers leave on August 3, 2016
for Rio.

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