Olympic team still stranded in Atlanta

For the third time, Nigeria Olympic team failed to fly out from their training base in Atlanta, Georgia, in the

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United States of America, for the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Players and team officials have been left dazed and frustrated as they also worry the team will suffer jet-lag by the time they finally land in Brazil.

Officials have now said they now hope on a chartered flight to take them directly to the Brazilian city of Manaus, where they will play their first two matches against Japan and Sweden.

They open their campaign on Friday against Japan by 2am Nigerian time.

The flight time between the two cities is around eight hours.

The team were due to fly out to Brazil by Tuesday afternoon, but again the team’s ticketing problems persisted.

The Dream Team VI were originally to have departed for Brazil on July 29.

This was then shelved to Monday, August 1, before yesterday’s departure date.

They are the responsibility of the sports ministry and Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), but sports minister Solomon Dalung recently came out to say he was unaware of the team’s programme for the Olympics.

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