Ahead Rio 2016: Siasia robbed in US

… Canoeist, Akinyemi stranded in Germany

Nigeria’s U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia has been robbed in Atlanta, United States of America (USA), where the Dream Team has been training ahead of next month’s Olympic Games.

“It is true that my car was burgled but I have taken the necessary steps on the item stolen in the car.

“We are focused and preparing hard for the Olympics that is what I can tell you for now,” Siasia said.

The car Siasia has been using to run around for the team was broken into at the team’s hotel’s car park and his credit cards, two phones, the phone of his personal assistant Abu and some money were taken away.

The reigning AFCON U-23 champions are due to play a final warm-up game against Honduras Olympic team today before they depart for Brazil on Friday for Rio 2016.


Nigeria canoe slalom athlete, Johny Akinyemi, will miss his first official training which started on Monday, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He is stranded in Frankfurt airport in Germany and has no clue when he will get to Rio as of the time of this report.

Akinyemi made his ordeal known in a telephone chat with the BBC.

“At the moment I’m stuck in Frankfurt airport,” Akinyemi said. “We flew from Manchester to Frankfurt and we had a connecting flight off to Rio because official training at the Olympics starts today for the canoe.

“But the Manchester flight was delayed and we missed the connecting flight which now kind of leaves us stranded, basically all the flights to Rio.

We are just waiting and hoping that in the next few days everything will be resolved.

“Officially training starts today and I’ve already lost today’s training. It’s not a good situation, getting stuck in Frankfurt, waiting to get to Rio.

“Water time is very crucial. You spend so many hours studying the river. It’s a kind of sport that is very crucial. I’m a kind of a control freak. And if anything in your control goes wrong, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You are kind of on the back foot,” he added.