Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Super Eagles players arrive in Brazil


Nigeria's Super Eagles have finally arrived Brazil for the 2014 World Cup starting on Thursday, 12 June, 2014.

The coach Stephen Keshi led team had left their camp venue in Florida, United States on Tuesday, 10 June, 2014.

The Nigeria Football Federation had said in a statement released on Tuesday that the team would fly aboard an American Airline flight from the Miami International Airport and would land at the Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paolo, Brazil 9pm local time.

The team are expected to move to their base, Hotel Campiness, on the outskirts of Sao Paolo.

The Super Eagles

The statement added that NFF president Aminu Maigari was already in Sao Paolo, for the 64th FIFA Congress scheduled to hold on June 10 and 11.

The congress precedes the 20th FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday with hosts Brazil confronting Croatia in the opening match.

“I want to assure Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in Brazil,” Maigari said in the statement.

“Our people would have wanted the team to win the matches against Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Greece and USA, but we drew the first four and lost the last one.

“Coach Stephen Keshi is optimistic that the team will be ready for the finals.

“The earlier draws and the loss to USA have afforded our boys some lessons which will be useful against Iran in the first match and the subsequent games.”

Meanwhile, the duo of Kenneth Omeruo and Uche Nwofor looks set to miss Eagles' World Cup opener against Iran after the pair are still nursing knee injuries.

Omeruo, who has become the main stay in the Eagles defence line since making his debut against Cape Verde in 2012, missed the Eagles last warm up game against USA at the Ever Bank stadium in Jacksonville after he was replaced at half time in their goalless draw with Greece.

"We are hopeful of Kenneth featuring because he is an integral part of the team but that cannot be said of Nwofor who suffered knock on his knee in training," a top official told FCNaija confidently.

It would be recalled that Nigeria coach Keshi has stated that Omeruo would be fit this week ahead of an opening group game against Iran.

In a related development, Ahmed Musa, who took a knee to the thigh against Greece, came through his third full training session unscathed, and is ready to play a part in the opening match on June 16.

Nigeria will play Argentina, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina in group stage of the Mundial.

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