Apart from the set-back, the Nigerian Dream Team VI have had a good outing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with just one loss in three games.
According to a source who spoke to African Football News, the group experienced a costly delay when they were about to check out from their hotel in Sao Paolo after finding it difficult to pay their bills.
This was due to an unexpected addition of team officials on the list of participants at the event.
The source stated that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had promised to pay for the expenses of the added officials, but later declined on this.
“We just arrived Salvador now from Sao Paolo. We nearly missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The hotel held us to ransom,”
“The problem is that all the additional officials here in Brazil are the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation, who said they will pay for them, but they did not pay for them again."
“The affected officials included the team’s media officer, the team coordinator, the kits manager in charge of players and officials’ kits and the accompanying assistant director technical."
“A call was put across to the honourable minister of youths and sports, he said we should put the bill in the (credit) card but the card didn’t work."
"They tried and tried but the minister said that only 18 players and seven officials should be captured as regards payment according to the rules of the Olympic Games."
“So, the hotel bills of these other officials, about five of them cost the sum of over $4,000."
"They held us hostage for more than one hour and we nearly missed our flight. It was Mikel (Obi) who rescued us by paying the money."
“I can tell you honestly speaking that this incident is not the fault of the minister because the minister listed the people to be accommodated which were 18 players and seven officials.”
Apart from this set-back, the Nigerian Dream Team VI have had a good outing at the 2016 Olympics, with just one loss in three games.
Their next game is against Denmark, where there will be looking to get three points after losing two nil to Columbia.