Friday, August 12

Mikel Obi paid $4,000 to save Dream Team VI from embarrassment in Brazil hotel

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi, who is the captain of Nigeria U-23 football team at the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016, has reportedly paid $4,000 out of his own purse, to save Nigeria Dream Team VI from embarrassment when held to ransom in Sao Paulo, over unpaid bills incurred by additional officials in Brazil hotel.

A source confirms that it was the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to offset the bills of the extra five officials, which include the team’s media officer, the team coordinator, the kits manager in charge of players and officials’ kits and the accompanying assistant director technical.

A team official said: “
We just arrived Salvador now from Sao Paolo. We nearly missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The hotel held us to ransom,”
“The problem is that all the additional officials here in Brazil are the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation, who said they will pay for them, but they did not pay for them again.

They held us hostage for more than one hour and we nearly missed our flight. It was Mikel (Obi) who rescued us by paying the money.

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