The Super Eagles and a confident coach Sunday Oliseh have arrived in Swaziland ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup African second round clash with the Sihlangu, the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Thursday.
The delegation led by NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, travelled aboard a chartered Arik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and landed at the Matsapha International Airport, Manzini at 4pm Swazi time (3pm Nigeria time), after six hours.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who had just arrived after a 25-hour shuttle from Chile where the Golden Eaglets retained the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday, saw off the delegation that also included Chairman of NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu.
The delegation also included NFF Technical Committee member, Mutiu Adepoju, 24 players, Oliseh, other technical and backroom staff and NFF management staff.
At the Matsapha International Airport, the group was received by about three dozen excited Nigerians based in Swaziland, who cheered lustily and sang various songs as players and officials walked into awaiting buses. They were clad in T-shirts specially made for the occasion.
“We really appreciate this show of love from fellow Nigerians, who have left their businesses in various areas of Swaziland to come and welcome the National Team of Nigeria,” said leader of delegation, Akinwunmi.
The Super Eagles had a feel of the Somhlolo National Stadium, venue of Friday’s match, as Oliseh supervised a 45-minute session under the floodlights.
Oliseh said: “Our objective is clear. We are here to play well and win well. The NFF are doing their part well by ensuring comfortable traveling and accommodation arrangements. Now, we will go to the field tomorrow and give our very best for our country.
“I have confidence in this group. The players still need time and matches to bond together very well, but I love the hunger to achieve that I see in these boys.”
Friday’s match will kick off at 7pm Swaziland time, which is 6pm in Nigeria.