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Dream Team VI Sports minister not aware of team’s training camp in US

Samson Siasia and his boys are currently camped in Atlanta, United States where they are preparing for the football event of Rio 2016.

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Nigeria U-23 team play Nigeria's U23 side are camped in the United States ahead of the 2016 Olympics, but the minister of sports says he's not aware (Instagram)

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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung on Tuesday, July, 12 shockingly revealed that he’s not aware that Nigeria’s U-23 football team is camped in the United States ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Samson Siasia and his boys are currently camped in Atlanta, United States where they are preparing for the football event of Rio 2016.

Siasia last week revealed that they have been facing several difficulties because of lack of funds in camp.

Samson Siasia play Samson Siasia last week lamented that he and his players are suffering in camp due to lack of funding (Twiiter/NFF)


Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dalung said he is not aware that the team is in the United States let alone their predicament.

The issue of our U23 national team suffering in the United States of America is news to me. In fact I am hearing it from you (the media) for the first time,” Dalung told reporters.

They (Dream Team VI) didn’t tell us what they were there for and who took them there. It doesn’t mean that if somebody goes to the market and has problem then you will come and ask the ministry (of Youths and Sports). The question is who took them there? And what are they there for?

Because they are U23 national team and they went to the US and they are having problems, does that become our business?

Solomon Dalung play Dalung says he has no business with the Dream Team's welfare as he did not authorise their trip to the United States (Facebook/Solomon Dalung)

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“When they were travelling to US from your information, were you told we that we were informed? Before you (the media) asked us to account for something you should know whether we were aware of it.

So, if somebody has a birthday of his friend and he moves his team to go and play (there) you cannot come back to ask me to account for it. If they are throwing them out of the hotel (in the US), then they should know who took them there.

They supposed to be given a letter approving they are travelling from the minister’s office. Then if they ask me I will tell you that I approved it and this is the reason.

So, what is happening in the US (as regards the U- 23 national team) maybe it is a story you (the media) are telling me”.

The Dream VI will jet out to Brazil on Friday, July 29 after playing two warm-up games.

Dream Team play Dream Team will depart for Brazil on Friday, July 29 for the Olympic Games (NFF)


Nigeria have been placed in Group B alongside Group B Sweden, Colombia and Japan.

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