Nigeria’s Olympic football team will arrive just hours before their opening Rio 2016 match after being delayed because their plane was too small. They had already been held up in Atlanta, USA, because of a problem with the payment for their flight. “The players were uncomfortable with the size of the plane,” team media officer Timi Ebikagboro told BBC Sport.
He said they would leave on a bigger plane and arrive in time for kick-off against Japan (01:00 GMT Friday). “The [Nigerian] government stepped in,” he added. “The players have been assured of adequate medical care on the plane. It’s been challenging but most importantly we will be ready for the first game.” Their flight is set to depart at 1200GMT for the seven-hour flight to Manaus, where their Group B opener kicks off just 13 hours later.
The squad had originally been stranded in Atlanta because of a problem that seemed to be caused by money having to go through different bank accounts and currency conversions.