Lagos - Nigeria ambassador to Senegal and Mauritania Katyen Jackden has
assured players and officials of the U-23 national team, Dream Team that the
Federal Government has assured that all the challenges faced by the team will
be addressed before they play Algeria on Saturday.
The ambassador gave this assurance on Thursday night when she
played host to the players and officials at the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar.
Jackden further disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has
been in touch with her on the issue, while urging the boys to take her by her
words that their entitlements will be paid unfailingly before Saturday's final.
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"Since yesterday, the President has been in touch with me,
same as the minister for sports, which I should tell you to be rest assured that
your complaints have reached their table, and hopefully before Saturday you
will get what is due you"
"I want to therefore use this opportunity to appeal to you to
call of your strike, go back to training and win the trophy for the nation, Mr.
President and your family, so far I want to say you all have been great
ambassadors of the nation, and am proud of you all" the ambassador
Responding on behalf of the team, the captain of the side Azubuike
Okechukwu said based on the appeal from Mr. President the players have decided
to call off their strike, return to training and will do everything within
their power to lift the trophy come Saturday.