Ten home-based Super Eagles players on Monday arrived Miami, Florida, United States for the international friendly against Venezuela scheduled for Wednesday in the American city.
The team which was led by NFF President Aminu Maigari and included Technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green, departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at about 10:40pm on Sunday night, Nigerian time. The team arrived Atlanta city in the USA at about 11am Nigerian time on Monday morning, which is about 5am American time.
After completing immigration formalities, the team headed to board a Delta Airline connecting flight, by this time they had been joined by Israeli-based goalie, Austin Ejide, on the flight to Miami, Florida.
The flight from Atlanta to Miami, took about one hour, 20 minutes, also on Delta Airline but because of shortage of seats the team has to break into two, with the rest arriving about an hour after the first. The team arrived Miami at 4:20pm, Nigerian time (8:20am Miami) and were met by match organizers, who immediately took them to their abode at Intercontinental at Doral in Miami.
The team had breakfast and lunch before going for training at 7:20pm, Miami time, close to the 8pm Miami time that the game on Wednesday will be played.
Head Coach Stephen Keshi has been upbeat about the game and declared that he expects all the players invited by latest Tuesday morning.
The weather in Miami is quite friendly despite the early morning showers. Temperatures stood at 23 degree Celsius and home-based players not used to chilly weather are quite delighted at what they are experiencing.
“I’m happy at the weather and all the wind cheaters we brought here may not be useful,” declared Warri Wolves hitman, Sunday Mba.