The Dream Team VI have finally departed Atlanta for Manaus after being delayed due to lapses in payments for their chartered flight from their United States camp. They were initially scheduled to leave on Tuesday but have now left for the Olympics with hours left to their clash against the Samurai Blues of Japan. They could have departed on Wednesday but had rejected the jet they were initially provided with saying it was too small. The Federal Government intervened and hired a Delta Airlines All-VIP jet to airlift the crew on their seven-hour trip to Manaus.
The delay means the Dream Team will arrive in Brazil with barely four hours until they kick-off their campaign against Asian U-23 champions Japan as they hope to emulate the Kanu Nwankwo-led side that won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.
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