The manager of the 1996 Olympic Gold medal-winning National U- 23 Football Team, Johannes Bonfrere, revealed at the weekend that he was yet to collect his medal 24 years after that success in the United States.
The Dutchman left the Dream Team after leading the team to that historic triumph in Atlanta and rebuffed overtures from the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, to return to the country.
Bonfrere, who appeared on the BCOS TV sports programme, SBS Show, claimed he was omitted from the team list on the excuse that his medal was not available.
He said: “I have not been given the Olympic gold medal we won in 1996. After we celebrated our victory over Argentina at the final, I was prevented from climbing the podium to receive my medal.
“They said mine was not available. I was annoyed and refused to return with the team to Nigeria. I went to Holland instead.”
He also disclosed that the piece of land promised the team by Federal Government as parts of rewards for the feat has not been given to him 24 years after his achievement.
The Dutch tactician, who is now residing in his home country, lamented the bad treatment meted to him after leading Nigeria to the glorious outing in the US.
“It’s unfair that after bringing glory to Nigeria, I was denied of my rewards,” he concluded.