All is certainly not well in the Samson Siasia-led Dream Team Camp at the Rio Olympics as the team has threatened to boycott Denmark game.
Nigeria’s quest for gold in the football category at the Rio Olympic Games may be in jeopardy.
The U-23 Olympic Team have reportedly shunned training and threatened to boycott tomorrow’s quarter-final match against Denmark if not paid the balance of their allowances.
The team had ended the group stage of the competition topping their group despite losing 2-0 to Colombia.
Dream Team VI, as they are fondly called, are following in the steps of the senior national team, the Super Eagles.
The Super Eagles had protested in Brazil before their second round match against France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Dream Team Threaten To Boycott Denmark
The Eagles lost that game 2 goals to nil and crashed out of the competition.
It would be recalled also that a similar protest by the U-20 team, the Flying Eagles cost them a match against Sudan .
They were defeated 4-3 in Lagos after a 1-2 home loss in Omdurman.
According to sources from the team’s camp, the protest is also tied to the unpaid five-month salaries and allowances of the coaches.
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NFF president, Amaju Pinnick has directed the secretariat to settle these with the $60,000 grant received from CAF recently.
According to a source close to the team, the players disclosed that their level of patriotism has dwindled because of the way they have been treated by the government prior to the Olympics.
The players reportedly said:
“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 U-23 Dream Team VI has suffered a lot right from their preparations up until they arrived Rio, Brazil.
Some say it was the players who prevented coach Samson Siasia from quitting his job due to unpaid allowances and remunerations.