All may not be well in the camp of Team Nigeria as athletes are at present at logger-head with officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports over their daily allowance.
Some of the athletes, who spoke to our journalist on condition of mystery, said dissimilar in 2015 when they got $150 daily allowance, the officials are insisting of giving them $100 daily in Morocco.
“This is the most uninspiring African Games because in 2015, we were well motivated and we gave our best but it seems we are not ready for the games. Some of us that came from Europe were not given grant and I wonder what they expect from us in Morocco,” a male athlete said
“How can you think that four years ago we got $150 as daily allowance and now in 2019, they want to give us $100. I don’t know where it is done globally. We are the ones that will be competing while they will just be sitting down waiting to be counting medals. This is very unfair,” a female athlete lamented.
The athletes loud the number of officials in Rabat, adding that rather than inspiring the athletes with money, hundreds of officials including government delegation were lodged in hotels all over Morocco.
Female athlete said “I am surprised with the way our officials have been treating athletes especially in major competitions like this. They are always eager to see us excelling but they are not ready to inspire us.
on Thursday August 22, In one of the major hotels in Rabat some government delegation were seen trying to check into the hotel as they were part of the second set of contingent that came through the chartered flight from Abuja.