The Nigeria Olympic football team will finally depart their Atlanta, Georgia training base in the United States for Brazil on Monday for the Olympic Games, after a series of setbacks.
The team was supposed to have left the United States for Brazil last week, but was held up in Atlanta as their air tickets were not ready at the time.
Head coach Samson Siasia had last week cried that they were yet to get their air tickets out of to Brazil, even as reports emanated that they were stranded in the United States.
The team will now leave on Monday, three days to their opening fixture against Japan.
“We will leave on Monday as our tickets have now been confirmed,” a team official told fcnaija.com.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will lead the team to South America, after being named as captain of Team Nigeria to the Games, following his inclusion as one of the over-aged players in Siasia’s squad.