Contrary to reports that the presidency could have bailed out the U-23 football team stranded in Atlanta, USA by sending a Presidential jet to ferry the team to Brazil, reports have emerged how American airline, Delta Airline assisted the team and saved Nigeria from an embarrassment of missing their opening game against Japan early this morning.
Nigerian Olympic Football Team led by Coach Samson Siasia, arriving Manaus, on Thursday. Delta Airline which has its headquarters in Atlanta wase touched by a video posted by the Nigeria football Federation, NFF of the historic moment 20 years ago in Atlanta on August 3, 1996, captioned: “Our Dream Team won gold in the football event of the Atlanta Olympic games #20YearsAgoInAtlanta.”
The airline, it was reported, is temporarily picking up the bills of the charter flight, with an understanding that the NFF will pay them back later. The unfortunate incident, it was gathered was caused by a payment mix-up between the sports ministry and a charter airline firm. .
The ministry, unlike the usual practice, decided to deal directly with the charter firm instead of appointing an agency which knows the terrain. “The Nigerian Olympic football team were stranded at the airport and almost not going to make their match against Japan,” said Reese McCranie, director of policy and communications for Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.
|Minister of Sports, Nigeria|
“This is a special occasion, not only because it’s the Olympics. Exactly 20 years ago, on this day, the Nigerian football team needed a miracle to beat Argentina to win the gold medal in Atlanta at the Olympics. Today, we are happy to help them with another miracle.”