The Speaker of The House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday in a passionate appeal to the national U-23 team styled Dream Team V1, promised that the players would be paid to the last dime all that is owed them.
The number four citizen spoke against the backdrop of complaints of Team’s Head Coach, Samson Yebowei Siaisia, that the players had refused to train on Thursday due to unpaid allowances and wages.
“We will do all we can to ensure that all entitlements due to the team are paid, as we are already talking to relevant government agencies”, Dogara declared.
He noted that football being the major unifying factor in the country should be maximized by all for Nigeria’s continued joy and unity. “We will stop at nothing to ensure that we get the team to excel in Brazil and for Nigeria to recreate the watershed of Atlanta ’96.”
The team called off their strike on Friday after the sports minister, Solomon Dalung promised to pay all their allowances ahead of tonight’s quarter final encounter against Denmark at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.
He said the Dream Team should take patriotism as a fulcrum of their campaign.
He said the team with the likes of John Mikel Obi, Yakubu Umar, Oghenekaro Etebor and William Troost-Ekong has a very bright chance of repeating the feat of the Atlanta ’96 Dream Team led by the legendary Nwankwo Kanu and the team should be encouraged by all Nigerians. The Nation