The main group of 10 Nigerian based players led by coach Stephen Keshi that left Lagos on Sunday had just completed their immigration formalities and were headed to board a Delta Airline connecting flight from Atlanta to Miami, Florida when they were joined by Ejide.
Keshi, who has been quite excited about the game again assured that he expects all the players invited by latest Tuesday morning based on the several conversations he has held with them.
The extended delegation led by Nigeria Football Federation President Aminu Maigari, departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at about 10:40pm on Sunday night, Nigerian time. The team arrived Atlanta city in the USA at about 11am Nigerian time on Monday morning, (about 5am local time).
The team travelled in two batches due lack of enough seats in the aircraft, from Atlanta to Miami and touched down at 8:20am local time. They were met by match organisers, who immediately took them to their base at Intercontinental at Doral in Miami.
The Eagles had their first training session at 7:20pm in a bid to acclimatize to the weather perfectly as the match is billed for 8pm on Wednesday. They were also billed to train twice on Tuesday with a full house before facing the South Americans.
The players, especially those based in Nigeria, were glad that the weather in Miami turned out quite friendly despite the early morning showers on their arrival.
“I’m happy at the weather and all the wind cheaters we brought here may not be useful,” Warri Wolves hitman, Sunday Mba said on Monday.
Chelsea duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses pulled out of the game just before the Eagles boarded the flight to the USA. Onyekachi Apam also withdrew from the clash with Keshi replacing them and acknowledging that he approved their request to withdraw. Their reasons for staying away were not immediately given on Sunday but Mikel’s case was explained that he needed to attend to family matter.
The game is part of the preparation for the 2013 Africa Nations Cup holding in South Africa.