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NFF confirms Dream Team will no longer fly charter to Congo

30 July 2015, 08:50

Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed the Nigeria U23 men's team, the Dream Team VI will no longer travel for their African U23 championship qualifier against Congo via chartered flight due to paucity of funds.

The Dream Team travel to Pointe Noire, Congo, by 1pm on Thursday day, for the second leg, second round African U23 championship qualifier, and were initially scheduled to travel directly to Pointe Noire in a chartered flight but the Glass House confirms the plan has been shelved due to lack of funds.

"The Dream Team will no longer be travelling via chartered flight," General Secretary, Sanusi Mohamed said.

"They will now travel via the normal commercial flights due to paucity of funds. The plan was for them to travel with a chartered flight but now they have to go through a commercial flight," Sanusi said.

Also read: Dream Team, Super Falcons jet out Friday

The Nigerians defeated their Congolese counterparts 2-1 at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt about two weeks ago and play the return leg this weekend and Sanusi says the setback notwithstanding, they have put in measures to have the team adequately prepared for the game.

"We have made sure they are well prepared for the game. It is quite unfortunate we couldn't get them to fly charter but we have done well to have them properly motivated for the game," Sanusi added.

The overall winner of the tie qualifies for the second edition of the African U23 championship which holds in Senegal and will serve as qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

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