Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho will fly into New Zealand ahead of the Flying Eagles squad after he was granted his entry to visa to the country.
There were some fears over the visa to New Zealand for the 18-year-old Iheanacho because of a late application, but this was put to rest on Monday when he was issued the visa.
His routing to the New Zealand will also mean he will arrive ahead of the main contingent, who are heading out from Frankfurt, Germany, as he will fly from Manchester via Singapore.
Iheanacho was among the three Europe-based pros who did not attend the Flying Eagles training camp in Germany, but were named in the final 21-man squad for the tournament.
The others were Isaac Success from Granada and Moses Simon of Belgian club Gent.
Iheanacho was MVP of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.