Nigeria senior national team, the Super Eagles on Thursday morning landed at the Kumasi International Airport ahead of Friday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana in sunny conditions.
The 100-man Nigerian contingent comprising of 25 players, backroom staff, Federation officials and chores employees touched down from their chartered Air Peace flight at about 10:15am local time, 11:15am in Nigeria.
They were received on arrival by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Rtd Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and officials of the embassy before they were escorted out of the Airport in sweltering conditions with temperature rising to 33°C.
The team have since checked into their Golden Tulip Hotel in the heart of the city of Kumasi and had lunch at about midday local time.
Ghanaians una wehdone o. First thing that we met at the Kumasi Airport is that there are no adequate stairs to alright from the flight. Well, we had to manage this. Ghana are one goal down already. #JollofDerby pic.twitter.com/KKdnO3w7fW— Fisco Statto (@Fiscosports) March 24, 2022
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Head coach Augustine Eguavoen and his crew will lead out the team in their final training session on Thursday night at the Baba Yara Stadium. The team’s workout will be at 7pm local time, 8pm in Nigeria, around the time the game will start on Friday.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is the leader of the Nigerian delegation who are expected to leave back to Abuja immediately after Friday’s encounter.
The return and decisive leg of the game comes up at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday.
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Fisayo Dairo, reporting from Kumasi, Ghana