Unpaid Bills: Mikel saves Nigeria U23 from hotel mixup
Nigeria U23 have suffered another setback while in Brazil according to African Football.
A source close to the team revealed that the team were put in an embarrassing situation, when they were about to checkout but were unable to pay their bills, which was largely due to the addition of unexpected Nigerian officials in Rio.
However, it was the team captain, Mikel Obi that stepped up to save the team from further embarrassment, after they had been delayed for one hour due to unpaid bills.
“We just arrived Salvador now from Sao Paolo. We nearly missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The hotel held us to ransom. The problem is that all the additional officials here in Brazil are the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation, who said they will pay for them, but they did not pay for them again. The affected officials included the team’s media officer, the team coordinator, the kits manager in charge of players and officials’ kits and the accompanying assistant director technical.”
“A call was put across to the honourable minister of youths and sports, he said we should put the bill in the (credit) card but the card didn’t work. They tried and tried but the minister said that only 18 players and seven officials should be captured as regards payment according to the rules of the Olympic Games. So, the hotel bills of these other officials, about five of them cost the sum of over $4,000.”
“They held us hostage for more than one hour and we nearly missed our flight. It was Mikel (Obi) who rescued us by paying the money. I can tell you honestly speaking that this incident is not the fault of the minister because the minister listed the people to be accommodated which were 18 players and seven officials.”
Nigeria will face Denmark today by 8pm as they hope to secure a semi-final ticket.
Messi makes big announcement about international career
Newly retired Argentina International, Lionel Messi has confirmed that he has reversed his decision to end his international career, after discussing with new head coach Edgardo Bauza.
Messi made the decision to retire from international football, after Argentina’s failure to secure the Copa America cup for the third consecutive time.
“I see there are lots of problems in Argentine football and I do not want to create another,” he explained through a statement released on Friday. “I do not want to cause any harm, I have always tried to do the opposite and help wherever I could. We have to fix a lot of things in Argentine football, but I’d rather do that from the inside and not criticising from the outside.”
The Barcelona star revealed that it was his love of Argentina that had convinced him to come back for the next World Cup qualifiers after initially stepping down from the team.
“A lot of things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love this country and this shirt too much,” he said. “I thank all the people who want me to keep playing with Argentina, I hope we can soon deliver them some joy.”
Arda Turan, falls victim to Real Madrid loving hackers
Barcelona star Arda Duran is the latest player to fall victim to social media hackers, after an unusual activity from his account led to backlash from Catalans fans.
Screenshots of a tweet in which Arda liked a picture of Real Madrid’s new Jersey, flooded social media, as fans angrily attacked the midfielder but now he claims, his account was hacked. Hence, the unusual behavior.
“Two days ago my account was hacked for a brief period,” a statement on the Turkey international’s Twitter account reads. “During that period one retweet was made and two photos were liked without my knowledge. I would like my statement regarding this issue to be taken into consideration. Best.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan