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Nigeria U-23 Gold winning Atlanta 96 side also had flight delays

Just like the current U-23 side, Nigeria's Dream Team that won Gold in Atlanta 1996 Olympics also arrived the Games behind schedule.

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Dream Team of Atlanta 96 play Gold winning Dream Team of Atlanta 1996 arrived late for the Olympic Games (Getty Images )

Shabby preparations have trailed Nigeria’s U-23 side that was stranded in Atlanta due to delayed flights ahead of their Rio 2016 Olympic Games campaign.

The Dream Team VI aboard 32-seater Delta plane took off from Atlanta at exactly 7AM Eastern Time (12 Noon Nigeria time) just few hours before they play Japan in the early hours of Friday, August 5.

Samson Siasia and his men will have have just seven hours after they arrive Manaus to rest, stretch their legs and prepare for their first game of the football event in Rio 2016 which is against Japan.

Dream Team VI play Dream Team VI arrived Brazil behind schedule for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Twitter/Colin Udoh)

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This Nigeria U-23 side is out to win Gold medal in the Olympics just like the Dream Team I did in Atlanta 96.

A Kanu Nwankwo captained side beat the likes of Brazil and Argentina to become the first African country to win football Gold at Atlanta 96.

That team too, just like the current Dream Team, arrived late to the Olympic Games.  

A travel mix-up meant that the first Dream Team arrived Atlanta behind schedule for the 1996 Olympics games but went ahead to win the football tournament.

Atlanta 96 Nigeria's Football Team play Nigeria beat Argentina in the final to win football Gold at the 1996 Olympic Games (Getty Images)


The similarities did not end there.

The 1996 Dream Team later flew to the Olympic Games aboard a Delta Airline plane just like the Nigeria U-23 team of 2016.

Another Olympic Gold in football for Nigeria?

We only hope so.

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