The Super Eagles arrived Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Tuesday afternoon via an Arik plane ahead of the Saturday’s Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda.
The team led by the Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, at about 12:40pm and were received warmly by a vibrant cultural troupe and some female footballers.
Patrick Ugbe, the State Sports Commissioner organized the reception for the Super Eagles. The Special Adviser on Security to the governor, Rekpene Bassey, and the head (Technical) of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Emmanuel Ikpeme, were also at the reception.
Speaking at the airport reception, Mr. Ugbe, on behalf of the governor of the state, Liyel Imoke, wished the team a splendid stay in Calabar. Mr. Ugbe told the team that the state governor has expressed enthusiasm to lead football supporters to cheer the Eagles to victory on Saturday.
“The Governor is presently out of the country, but you have his total and unflinching support and he has said he will personally be here to cheer the team on Saturday”, he said.
Singers and drummers thereafter accompanied the team to their Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel, before they had lunch at the hotel at about 2pm.
Thereafter the team headed for the Abraham Ordia Stadium in the University of Calabar, where they had their first workout for the game against the Wasps of Rwanda. The team will move to the UJ Esuene Stadium from Wednesday morning, for the final phase of its training for the Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday.