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Nigeria’s Football Team Is Stuck in Atlanta—And Their First Match Is Less Than a Day Away

Despite being fresh of their flight from Atlanta, hopefully Nigeria's football team will be game ready for their match against Japan Thursday.

Nigeria’s set to play their first prelim football match against Japan on Thursday, and you’d think they’d be rested; even explore Rio a bit before they compete—right?


Nope.

They're still in Atlanta.

Because of a flight booking snafu, a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation tells BBC the sports ministry payment for the charter flight did not hit the airline’s account Tuesday, which resulted in their refusal to fly the team to Brazil as scheduled.

The process seems to be prolonged by the payment having to go through different bank accounts and currency conversions, which the NFF recognizes is a process that should’ve started much earlier, although they claim this issue has nothing to do with the NFF as an entity.

The source also tells BBC that “everyone in the NFF was ‘disturbed’ by the situation because Nigeria’s first game against Japan in Manaus is so soon.”

After speaking to a few players, BBC says it’s still unclear when they’ll be en route to Rio.

“We’ve been told to get ready to fly out in a few hours, but that’s been the story since last week,” one of the players explains.

But, deep breaths. It was 20 years ago today that the Super Eagles became the first African and non-European or South American team to win the gold medal, so despite this slight EP aka Enemy of Progress, do they stand a chance to bring the gold home again? Check out the highlight reel of that moment below.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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