The Super Eagles landed safely in Abidjan, the Ivoirian capital on Thursday ahead of the final leg, African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against the Elephants scheduled for Saturday.
The team of 18 players and officials was led by NFF Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh and had on board, NFF Head, Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, President General of the Nigerian Football and Other Sports Supporters Club, Dr Rauf Ladipo and several other actors in the football fraternity.
The Air Afrique flight which conveyed the team from Lagos to Abidjan took about one hour, thirty minutes to land in smooth condition with showers of rain welcoming the team to the city. The flight landed at exactly 10:50 local time (11:50am Nigerian time) and was well received by members of the Ivoirian FA.
The bus that took the team to its hotel in the heart of the city took about 30minutes to reach its destination at Ibis Hotel. The team promptly checked in and took its lunch immediately. The Eagles will have their first training session at 3:30pm local time (4:30 Nigerian time) to coincide with the time the game will be played on Saturday.
On arrival, skipper of the side, Chigozie Agbim, sounded a note of warning to his teammates when he said that the good reception should not be translated to mean that the Elephants have given up.
“We are wary and I have told my mates to take the game very seriously because in football anything can happen. But we know we are here to pick the CHAN ticket and no team can stop us at this time,” Agbim said.