The head coach of Nigeria’s Under-23 team, Samson Siasia, who is currently in the United States of America with Nigeria’s Olympic teams, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid, saying “we cannot be going for Gold and we are begging for money.”
The country’s team to this year’s Olympic Games began their training in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America, on Tuesday, July 5th. However, the team has been facing some challenges which the head coach has opened up about. He expressed regret over the fact that they have been forced to resort to begging for money from people in order to sustain the team in the USA.
“It is not a good image to go to the Olympics while trying to beg for money around, actually begging people for money to take care of the Nigerian Olympic team. How are we going to win gold, if we keep begging for money to take care of our athletes?
“We don’t have money. We are in the (United States of) America now without any money. So, it is a big problem.
“We are without any money in our pocket. There are no funds coming from anywhere. That is not a good thing.
“When you have players who are not motivated and encouraged, but you want them to come and do a miracle. Everybody needs to be encouraged at one time or the other.”
Mr. Samson Siasia went on to say that:
“We just want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the rescue of sports in the country as our father and sports-loving President.
“The sports sector is dying and it is adversely affecting the Olympic teams that have qualified to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics Games, not just football, but the other (seven) sports that Nigeria will campaign in in Rio.
“The reason is well known which is the Sports Ministry needs to be funded adequately. This has adversely affected the Nigeria Football Federation too. Everybody is borrowing.
“This has to stop. President Buhari has to help us by approving some funds for our Olympic teams to prepare well. If the funds are not there, how are you going to prepare to win gold?”
The Dream Team VI will play two warm-up matches in the USA, before they travel to Brazil on July 29.