How Mikel Obi Paid $4,000 to Save Dream Team VI From Embarrassment in Brazil Hotel

It has been revealed that Mikel John Obi, had to part with
$4,000 of his personal money, to ensure that the Nigeria
Olympic team did not miss their flight to Salvador.
Players and officials of the Dream Team VI, were held to
ransom in Sao Paulo, over unpaid bills incurred by
additional officals.
Organizers of the Games, insisted on a team of 25 players
– 18 players and seven officials.
A source confirms that it was the responsibility of the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to offset the bills of the
extra five officials.
“We just arrived Salvador now from Sao Paolo. We nearly
missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The
hotel held us to ransom,” a team official told
“The problem is that all the additional officials here in
Brazil are the responsibility of the Nigeria Football
Federation, who said they will pay for them, but they did
not pay for them again.
“The affected officials included the team’s media officer,
the team coordinator, the kits manager in charge of
players and officials’ kits and the accompanying assistant
director technical.
“A call was put across to the honourable minister of youths
and sports, he said we should put the bill in the (credit)
card but the card didn’t work. They tried and tried but the
minister said that only 18 players and seven officials
should be captured as regards payment according to the
rules of the Olympic Games.
“So, the hotel bills of these other officials, about five of
them cost the sum of over $4,000. They held us hostage
for more than one hour and we nearly missed our flight. It
was Mikel (Obi) who rescued us by paying the money.
“I can tell you honestly speaking that this incident is not
the fault of the minister because the minister listed the
people to be accommodated which were 18 players and
seven officials.”

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