A source said “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 was that all the additional officials 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.
When a call was put across to the honourable minister of youths and sports, he said that the bill should be on him but that his credit card didn’t work. “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.”