Dream Team VI finally leave for Rio ahead of Japan clash

Ross Houston
August 8, 2016

With some luck and last-minute scrambling, Delta Air Lines managed to step in at the eleventh hour to fly the Nigerian men's soccer team to Brazil in time for its first match in the Olympics Thursday evening. The team's spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message "here we go".

The Nigerian squad eventually landed in Manaus at 2:19 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, with the game against Japan beginning at 9 p.m.

It worked out that the NBA had already booked a plane to fly the US men's basketball team back to the States after the end of the Olympics.

However the team got a reprieve on Wednesday and was able to leave their Atlanta base to head to Houston where they will board a Delta Airline flight to Rio.

The source said the Nigeria Sports Ministry is in part responsible for booking the tickets for the team to travel.

In order to create an engaged community for Nigerians throughout the Olympics, the Bank also came up with Team Union, a group of Nigerian athletes set to provide a refreshing view of the worldwide sporting event with experiences from the point of view of an athlete.

The team had turned down a previous flight arrangement on a chartered flight on the grounds that the " plane was too small.

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi captained Nigerian team during their clash against Japanese side held at Arena da Amazonia.

The Nigerian Olympic men's soccer team was en route to Brazil this week for the start of the 2016 Olympics.

"[The Nigerian Olympic football team] were stranded at the airport and nearly not going to make their match against Japan", said Reese McCranie, director of policy and communications for Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. "Everyone was happy to help them with another miracle by getting them to Manaus".

"Nigeria has tough skin", he said.

They play Japan at 0100 GMT on Friday.

Oghenekaro Etebo then put Nigeria back in the lead a minute later, controlling a very high cross with his chest before unleashing a half volley into Kushibiki's goal to restore Nigeria's lead. Their national soccer federation took out a loan to meet their demands, and the team caught a later flight.

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