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Organisers apologise to Nigeria over anthem mix-up

Nigerian egos were bruised during Thursday’s match against Japan in the Men’s Football Event of the 2016 Olympic Games when a wrong national anthem was played.

The Eagles looked confused when the strange tune came up over the Amazon Arena’s public address system in Manaus, as a few players tried to find out what was going on.TONY-RIO

The Nigeria Olympic soccer team had to look serious and emotional to a tune they had never heard before.”

Nigeria had arrived late for the game after failing to find a flight from their training  base in Atlanta, USA, only for them to be welcomed by a wrong national song.

However, they went on to win 5-4 in a very interesting encounter despite jetlag and an odd  anthem that could not demoralize them.

A statement from the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games apologised for the unintended error.

“We understand hearing your national anthem during an Olympic Games is something nearly every athlete strives for. Therefore, we regret a wrong anthem was mistakenly played for Nigeria ahead of their match against Japan in the Amazon Arena. We sincerely apologize to the players and the Nigerian National Olympic Committee,” Rio 2016 organisers said.

International Media Manager  Phillip Wilkinson said that the anthem played was that of Nigeria’s neighbour to the north Niger, which could explain  why the mix-up happened.

There has been no statement from the Nigerian Olympic Committee.

This is not the first time a Nigeria anthem has suffered a mix-up in an international competition of such magnitude.



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