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Samson Siasia Dream Team VI coach reveals Dalung didn’t recognise him in Rio

Samson Siasia reveals Sports Minister Solomon Dalung did not recognise him when they met during the Olympics.

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Samson Siasia play Samson Siasia says Dalung didn't recognise him when they met in Rio (NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Coach of the Dream Team VI Samson Siasia has revealed that Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung did not recognise him when they met in Rio.

Siasia led Nigeria U-23 to bronze- Nigeria’s only medal- in the football event of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Samson Siasia, Amaju Pinnick and John Mikel Obi play Samson Siasia led his team to bronze in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Twitter)


The Dream Team VI fell out several times with the Ministry of Sports led by Dalung before and during the Olympic Games.

From their camp base in Atlanta, United States ahead of the Games, the Dream Team VI had a flight delay which was caused by t he failed fund transfer system of the Sports Ministry.

Dream Team VI play The Dream Team VI had several flight delays on their way to Rio for the Olympic Games (Twitter/Colin Udoh)

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Two planes were later provided by the Sports Ministry which were rejected by the players due to lack of leg space.


It seems all of these have been forgotten when Dalung was heavily involved in post-match celebration after the win against Sweden in Rio 2016 on Sunday, August 7.

Solomon Dalung play Solomon Dalung hugs Samson Siasia after the Group B win over Sweden in Rio 2016 (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)


Dalung was in the stands to support the boys and also partook in the post-match celebrations on the pitch and later inside the dressing room.


Siasia however still does not understand some of the tantrums thrown by Dalug before and during the games.

“The whole thing surprised me”, Siasia told Punch in an interview.

“As we speak, I don’t know what I have done to offend the Minister.  The whole thing is surprising”, Siasia also said.

 “It’s funny. When he came, he shook hands with us and after shaking the players, he asked where is the coach?. Everybody started laughing. We shook hands again and hugged”, Siasia revealed.

Siasia praised his players for their performances during the game despite several challenges they faced ahead and during the Games.

Dream Team VI win Bronze medal play Samson Siasia praised his players for winning bronze despite their several challenges (Getty Images )


The environment before the Games was not good but we resolved to weather the storm,” Siasia also said.

Anyway, we’re grateful to win something for Nigerians who showed massive support to us,” he further said.

 Siasia and some of his players arrived in Nigeria from Rio on Monday, August 22 at about 8pm.

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