Financial problems strangle Nigeria's Olympic preparations

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The team are in Atlanta, USA at their training base, yet had flights to Brazil cancelled on four separate occasions, with the plane too small being the last excuse.

Latest reports say the team will now fly out on Thursday morning, and will reportedly only arrive in Brazil seven hours before their Olympic opener against japan on Thursday night.

Players in the camp are understandably not impressed.

“This is nonsense. What are we supposed to do now? Just sit in America when the Games are happening in Brazil? We don’t even know when we are leaving and I tell you if we don’t leave today, I will just pack my bags and return to my club,” said a player who asked not to be named.