The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, had serially denied that Nigeria’s football team in Rio’s Olympic Games are cash strapped.
Dalung even threatened the players.
Well he’s eaten the humble pie.
Sources confirmed to this news house that John Mikel Obi actually paid bills for his team mates in Brazil.
Dalung secretly refunded Mikel’s expenses unbehalf of his team mates.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports refunded $4,600 to him.
The ministry also assured players and officials of the team that they will be given all that is due to them.
According to Dalung, “I am happy to be a Nigerian today.
“In spite of all the challenges, you have taken the world by storm.
“You have by your performance given happiness to more than 160 million Nigerians.
“Football is the biggest unifying factor in Nigeria today.
“From Mr. President to the average Nigerian, you have made everyone proud today.
“I am humbled by your efforts, your commitment and your patriotism.
“I want to assure you that your sacrifices will not be in vain.
“Aside whatever the NFF have for you, we will as much as possible make you happy.
“We only ask you to be patient with us.
“Today, with your performance, I am convinced that you will get that gold.”
In response, Mikel Obi said, “We want to thank you for your fatherly support.
“In truth, there have been a lot of challenges.
“However, each time we go onto the field, we forget about everything and make sure our fatherland comes first.
“We have done that so far and we will continue to do that, but we need more motivation.”
Meanwhile reactions have trailed the team’s defeat of Denmark.
The Olympic team thrashed Denmark 2 -0. They will be facing Germany in the quarterfinals phase.