• Rio Olympics heroes get $14,000-a-man from Japanese cash gift

    Rio Olympics heroes get $14,000-a-man from Japanese cash gift

    Each player of the Nigerian football team to the last Olympic Games has received $14,000 (over four million Naira) each as his share of the cash gift by wealthy Japanese surgeon Katsuya Takasu.

    The ‘Dream Team VI’, as the Nigerian football team to the Rio 2016 Olympics were known, won the bronze medal at the games, and were rewarded with a donation of $390,000 for their efforts by the renowned doctor.

    And almost three months after the feat in Brazil, the players […]

  • I have no regret going to the Olympics – Obi Mikel

    I have no regret going to the Olympics – Obi Mikel

    John Obi Mikel has insisted that he has no regrets over his decision to play at the 2016 Olympics stage in Rio.

    The Chelsea midfielder captained Samson Siasia’s men to win the bronze medal in the championship, and has since been left out of Antonio Conte’s squad on return to the Stamford Bridge.

    Despite the snub by the Italian manager, Mikel believes picking Nigeria ahead of the Blues’ pre-season camp was the right one to make.

    “I have never been a guy who […]

  • Mikel Obi finally admits paying £30,000 to save Dream Team VI from embarrassment

    Mikel Obi finally admits paying £30,000 to save Dream Team VI from embarrassment

    John Mikel Obi has revealed that he was forced to pay from his pocket to help Nigeria’s U-23 team, who went on to win bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

    Mikel Obi, who helped out with travel arrangement, meals and booking training pitches, also slammed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

    “I think if we talk about the money that I put into the team I think it was more than [£30,000],” Mikel told our coresponddent.

    “But we just had to do […]

  • I’ve forgiven Dalung for calling me human trafficker – Siasia

    I’ve forgiven Dalung for calling me human trafficker – Siasia

    Dream Team VI chief coach, Samson Siasia, whose team won Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Olympics 2016, has disclosed that, after the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, apologized to him for calling him a ‘human trafficker’ over the national team’s trip to Atlanta, USA to prepare for the Olympic soccer event, he has forgiven the minister.

    The former Lokeren and Nantes FC striker and the only African football coach to win two medals at the Olympics said: “I was very surprised […]

  • Nigerian billionaires were nowhere when we were suffering in Brazil – Siasia reacts to NFF’s report on Takasu

    Nigerian billionaires were nowhere when we were suffering in Brazil – Siasia reacts to NFF’s report on Takasu

    Nigeria’s Under-23 team handler to the just concluded Rio Olympics in Brazil, Samson Siasia has expressed disappointment at Nigerian billionaires for turning their backs on the team during preparations in Atlanta, USA and in Brazil during the games.

    Recall that Japanese surgeon, Dr. Katsuya Takasu, gave the team a gift of $390,000 to help them settle their bills in Brazil.

    Siasia told the BBC, “This man came to our aid when we were in trouble. I must thank him. He is a […]

  • Pinnick clarifies on Japanese’s cash reward to Dream Team

    Pinnick clarifies on Japanese’s cash reward to Dream Team

    The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has offered insights into why the federation initially rejected the $390,000 cash gift by Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, to the national U-23 team for winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

    Takasu travelled to Belo Horizonte, where he gave two cheques to the team in the names of Coach Samson Siasia and John Mikel Obi, after Nigeria defeated Honduras 3-2 to finish third at Rio2016.

    NFF had blatantly refused to […]

  • Dream Team defender scores in Haugesund’s win

    Dream Team defender scores in Haugesund’s win

    The Super Eagles defender continued his brilliant form after scoring the equaliser for his team and winning the MOTM on his return from the Olympics.

    Haugesund’s captain William Troost-Ekong has replicated his fine form from the just concluded Olympic Games for Haugesund by netting the equaliser and winning the Man of the Match award in their 3-2 win over Brann in Saturday’s Tippeligaen fixture.

    The 22-year-old who was the pivot in the heart of Nigeria’s Dream Team VI defence at the Olympics […]

  • Rio Olympics: The true story of Delta Airline’s gesture to Olympic Eagles

    Rio Olympics: The true story of Delta Airline’s gesture to Olympic Eagles

    Against all odds, Nigeria’s Olympic soccer team performed well in the Rio Olympics. The uphill tasks they had to overcome en route the ‘golden bronze’ is a lesson in courage and grit determination.

    In this interview with  Ayodeji Victor Bolorunduro, a Qatar-based Nigerian journalist,  Bunmi Jinadu,  founder of United Soccer Africa, the organizers of the team’s training camp in Atlanta, bared his mind on all that transpired during the team’s sojourn in the USA. Jinadu sponsored Nigeria’s team in their training […]

  • U-23 players yet to get allowances after winning bronze medal

    U-23 players yet to get allowances after winning bronze medal

    Players and officials of the Nigeria Olympic Eagles are yet to receive their remaining allowances after winning bronze medal at the  Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Nigeria U-23 side last Saturday, August 20 beat Honduras in the third-place match to win football bronze at Rio 2016.

    Samson Siasia who arrived back in the country with some of his players on Monday, August 22 revealed that they have not been paid

    their full allowances for Rio 2016. The Dream Team VI were paid some allowances […]

  • Rio Olympics: Call for Dalung’s resignation rages

    Rio Olympics: Call for Dalung’s resignation rages

    Following the poor performance of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded Rio Olympics, the proprietor of Rojenny Stadium, Oba, Anambra, Rommy Ezeonwuka, has urged the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, to resign.

    Ezeonwuka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Wednesday that resignation was the “best apology or explanation that will be acceptable to lovers of sports in Nigeria from the minister’’.

    He said that the measure would be one of the urgent steps that should be taken toward restructuring […]

  • Olympics: Siasia reveals drama with Dalung

    Olympics: Siasia reveals drama with Dalung

    Despite the no love lost relationship between Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and bronze-wining U-23 Olympic football coach, Samson Siasia, the coach has said that he was yet to come to terms with the tantrums of the Minister before the Games that just ended in Rio.

    “The whole thing surprised me”, Siasia said in Johannesburg while on a stopover to connect the final leg of the flight from São Paulo to Johannesburg and to Lagos.

    Siasia drew the ire of the Minister when […]