Buhari Congratulates Dream Team VI, Proud Of Nigerian Athletes


President Buhari congratulates Dream Team VI after their victory over Denmark in the quarter-finals of the male football event in Rio.

The President said he was proud of all the athletes flying the Nigerian flag in the ongoing Olympics in Brazil.

He congratulated them as well as all Nigerians for a “good game.”

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The President said this via his Twitter handle @MBuhari, commending the dream team VI after their 2–0 victory over Denmark.

President Buhari said:

“A good game from our Dream Team. Congratulations to them, and to all Nigerians.

“I’m equally proud of all our athletes flying the Nigerian flag in Rio.

“Well done to @cukogu, who made it to the finals of her event today.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been reported to have bailed out the Nigeria football Olympic team.

Mikel Obi reportedly paid $4,000 to ensure the Nigeria Olympic team caught their flight to Salvador for the match, after the hotel in Sao Paulo held the entire team to ransom over the bills incurred by additional officials.

Buhari Congratulates Dream Team, Nigerian Athletes

Organisers have insisted on a team of 25 players, made up of 18 players and seven officials.

A certain report stated that it took the intervention of the Chelsea star, who also captains the team, who paid over $4,0000 before the players and officials of the team were allowed to leave the hotel.

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According to them, this time around it was the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle the hotel bills of the extra five officials.

A team official was quoted as saying:

“We just arrived Salvador now (5.20pm Nigerian time) from Sao Paolo.

“We nearly missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The hotel held us to ransom.

“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.”

Previously, Mikel had reportedly donated $30,000 to the Olympics team ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

This followed revelations that all the athletes were asked by the Athletics federations to pay their airfares to Rio and get refunds later.

Mikel however, denied the report.