Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on the country’s Men’s U-23 football team not to follow up on their threat to boycott tomorrow’s Rio Olympics quarter final against Denmark over unpaid allowances.
Dogara, who was speaking against the backdrop of complaints of Team’s Head Coach, Samson Siasia, that the players of the team have refused to train and may boycott the tie due to unpaid allowances and wages said the Dream Team should take patriotism as a fulcrum of their campaign, as he will personally do everything within his powers to intervene in the matter.
As per African Football, the Fourth-ranked power political officer in Nigeria said the team has a very bright chance of repeating the feat of the Atlanta ’96 Dream Team.
“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 top government official vowed.