By Tony Nwanne
The Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung on Monday night sent two players and three officials of the national U-23 team back to Nigeria from the ongoing Olympic games in Rio, Brazil.
The two players, Stanley Dimgba and goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed alongside the team’s media officer, Timi Ebikagboro, curator and the team coordinator were sent back from the games and flew out of Brazil to Nigeria on Monday night.
Dalung said the huge financial burden of taking care of the extra players and officials after the players were prevented from leaving the hotel over the unpaid bills of eight of their unaccredited players and officials.
He maintained that since the Nigerian contingent left Atlanta for Brazil, 84 players and four officials – unofficially accredited persons had been with the team.
“We said they should send them back home if they could not take care of them (players and officials,” Nigeria Football Federation spokesman said.
“The organisers of the Games, the International Olympic Committee, are only responsible for 25 accredited players and officials including feeding, flights and accommodation. We have been carrying the rest along. In Manaus, we were forced to pay camp allowances to the extra four players making 29,” Dalung added.