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Burglars Steal From Coach Monday Odigie’s Apartment


Valuables of the Dream Team VI’s assistant tactician was stolen while on national assignment at the Rio Olympics.

Nigeria U23 assistant coach Monday Odigie has disclosed that his house was burgled by thieves with treasures taken away.

Odigie who is on national assignment with the Dream Team VI at the Rio Olympics said the incident took place before the team’s opening game against Japan, but insists that would not weigh him down as he eyes success in Brazil.

“Armed Robbers went to burgle my house in Owanoba community kilometer 15 Benin/Sapele road and made away with plenty of my belongings, all my World Cups and Olympic medals, certificates and other valuables,” Odigie told Goal.

“My house was bugled the day we played our first game against Japan on August 4th, 2016 to be precise.

“I have been trying to get over this while also trying to concentrate on the job here at the Olympics.

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“It is very sad and discouraging to realise that while one is working out his heart out for his country in Brazil, one’s house is being robbed back home.

“I leave everything to God to judge everyone according to his deeds. This won’t deter me because I am focused and I am happy that members of the team are also focused to achieve something here.

“I didn’t want any distraction for the team that’s the reason why I kept the incident within me and members of the technical crew led before letting you know now.”

It would be recalled that coach Samson Siasia also face a similar ordeal when his car was robbed in front of team’s hotel in Atlanta, United States of America.

Nigeria must negotiate their way past Denmark on Saturday to reach the semifinal of the 2016 Olympic Games.

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