Nigeria’s Olympic team escaped a plane crash on their way to Gambia for final preparation ahead African U-23 Championship. The U-23 team tagged Dream Team VI chose Gambia for their training camp after visa issues halted the trip to Morocco.

An official of the team that spoke with said the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Accra, Ghana due to unexpected technical difficulties to the aircraft and has since been left stranded in the Ghana capital.

He said: “Thank God for his goodness and his mercies we escaped plane crash on our way to Gambia, the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Accra we are still in Accra.”

“We are still stranded here and we are yet to get any news from Arik officials.”

Goal reports that the team could leave Ghana on Sunday evening depending on any new flight arrangements by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Africa U-23 Cup of Nations will be played in Senegal from November 28 to December 12. Nigeria are drawn in Group B at the U23 Nations Cup along with Egypt, Mali and Algeria.

The top two teams will advance to the knockout stage of the competition with the best three teams qualifying automatically for Rio 2016.

Four years ago, Nigeria failed in Morocco to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

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