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The Olympics Belatedly Realized That Niger And Nigeria Are Different Places

AWKWARD.

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For starters, they managed to get stuck in Atlanta for days on their way to Rio, thanks to a bungled payment and other woes. They landed in Brazil just hours before their first match against Japan on Thursday.

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And then once their match was about to start, their national anthem seemed a little...off.

That moment that had our players and everyone at home like "Dem don change our anthem too? #RioProblems #Nigeria

Like, very, very off. That is a completely different song, what are you doing, guys.

This is not Nigeria's anthem. #Rio2016

That's a wrong #NGR anthem folks. See Mikel shake his head. #Rio2016

What's an awful gaffé.. That was not the National Anthem of Nigeria.. #Rio2016 LOC should be sanctioned for this #NIG #JPN

This is what the actual Nigerian anthem sounds like, which eventually played after boos echoed through the stadium.

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So what was the tune that played, leaving Nigeria fans so confused? Well, embarrassingly enough, it was the anthem of Niger. Which is a different country entirely.

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Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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