Delta Air Lines Rescues Stranded Nigeria’s Olympic Football Team


…Flies Team To Brazil With Special NBA Chartered Aircraft

Delta Air Lines has come to the rescue of the stranded Nigeria’s football Dream Team by providing a dedicated charter flight to fly the team from Atlanta to Manaus in Brazil less than 24 hours before its crucial Rio Olympics football game opening match against Japan.

This was made possible by a tab temporarily picked up by Delta Air Lines for the charter flight.

The stranded team according to the airline is expected to land in Brazil at 2pm local time which gives the team just enough time to clear customs and stretch before kickoff at 9pm.

The Nigeria Dream team flew to Manaus in the special Delta charter flight usually used for the National Basketball Association (NBA) flight 757-200 (VIP NBA Aircraft) to operate the flight, after obtaining NBAs permission to operate the aircraft for the mission.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said, “This is a special occasion, not only because it’s the Olympics but also, “exactly 20 years ago, on this day, the Nigerian football team needed a miracle to beat Argentina to win the gold medal in Atlanta at the Olympics. Today, we are happy to help them with another miracle.”

Speaking on the development, Coach of the Nigerian Team, Samson Siasia, said, “The team is flying down on a charter that takes sports teams to their destinations. This makes the players happy. The players will have more leg room and they will be able to sleep on their way to Manaus.”