After two days of delay, Nigeria’s Super Eagles finally arrived at the Peruvian capital- Lima on Monday evening
at about 11:41pm Nigerian time. The Peruvian media were on deck to give them a hearty welcome.
The team had departed Madrid, the Spanish capital at about 12: 13pm Nigerian time. but players and officials
were forced to sleep in Madrid International Airport after their flight from Lagos to Madrid on Sunday night was
cancelled by Iberia Airline officials following a drug courier situation.
On arrival at the Lima International airport, the team was led to its Sheraton Hotel abode in the centre of the
city, where they were welcomed by early birds Nwankwo Obiorah, Gege Soriola and Nnamdi Oduamadi,
who had earlier arrived for the friendly from their various clubside abroad.
Spain based Raheem Lawal was expected to join the party by Tuesday morning, while Ekigho Ehiosun was
part of the 18 players and officials that arrived from Madrid on Monday evening. The head Coach,
Stephen Keshi was expectedly happy that all the invited players responded quickly. After dinner, he asked
the players to take a deserved rest, He them set training for 7:30pm on Tuesday evening.
Nigerians itching to know if the Eagles will play the international friendly against Peru on Wednesday,
can heave a sigh of relief and plan ahead for the game which has been scheduled for 8pm Peru time,
which is about 2:00am Nigerian time on Thursday morning.
The Super Eagles Secretary Dayo Enebi, said the host picked a time that suits them. He said he expects
one of NFF broadcast partners; African Independent Television (AIT), to transmit the game live.
The friendly match has caused a hullabaloo amongst by Lima residents. Quite a number of them came out
to catch a glimpse of the Nigerian side when they arrived the airport, at the hotel and during their meals.
That has expectedly put some burden on Stephen Keshi and his crew who now have only one training
session to hold before the game. The coach however, has taken consolation in the fact that the team players
know themselves well and it won’t be difficult adjusting to play as a team after just one training session.
“We will do well against Peru, that is why I have told them to take enough rest and tune their minds to the game
at hand and forget the rigours of the trip”, he said.