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
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
"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.
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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.