As Dream Team of Nigeria look forward to battling the Garman boy to qualify for gold medal at the ongoing Olympic Games in Brazil, the Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has sent two alternative players and three officials back to the country.
The withdrawn boys are Stanley Dimgba and goalkeeper, Yusuf Mohammed while the officials include the team’s media officer, Timi Ebikagboro alongside the curator and the team coordinator.
“We said they should send them back home if they could not take care of them (players and officials,” Nigeria Football Federation spokesman said.
The five, who jet back to Nigeria on Monday evening, were described as unaccredited players and officials by the sport minister.
Dalung had complained that some unofficially accredited players and officials had been with the team since they left Atlanta for Brazil.
It was reported that the players were prevented from leaving the hotel over the unpaid bills of eight of their unaccredited players and officials.
“The organisers of the Games, the International Olympic Committee, are only responsible for 25 accredited players and officials including feeding, flights and accommodation. We have been carrying the rest along.
“In Manaus, we were forced to pay camp allowances to the extra four players making 29,” Dalung said.
It was recalled that prior to the team’s departure for the competition, President Muhammadu Buhari warned that any official whose presence is ineffective in Brazil should stay back as the government will not be responsible for the cost of such person.