Solomon Dalung

Nigeria's Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has claimed he is unaware of the U-23 team's trip to USA for a training camp, ahead of next month's Olympic Games.
Samson Siasia and his squad left last week, to continue their preparations in an Atlanta based hotel.

When Dalung was asked why the Sports Ministry, has not come to the aid of the Dream Team VI, who are set to be thrown out of their hotel, he denied knowledge of the tour.

"The issue of our U- 23 National team suffering in the United States of America is news to me. In fact I am hearing it from you (the media) for the first time," Dalung told the media.

"They (Nigeria U23) didn't tell us what they were there for and who took them there. It doesn't mean that if somebody goes to the market and has problem then you will come and ask the ministry. The question is who took them there? And what are they there for?

"Because they are U23 national team, they went to the US and they are having problems, does that become our business?

"When they were traveling to the US from your information, were you told that we were informed? Before you (the media) asked us to account for something you should know whether we are aware of it.

"If they are throwing them out of the hotel then they should meet who took them there.

"They were supposed to be given a letter approving they are travelling from the minister's office. Then if they ask me, I will tell you that I approved it and this is the reason."

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