Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Super Eagles off to South Africa

Super Eagles departed London yesterday evening for South Africa for the World Cup after Coach Lars Lagerback unveiled his final 23-man team for the tournament's finals.

The Eagles departed for Durban by a chartered Boeing 767-300 aircraft from Heathrow Airport. The team would be led to the June 11 to July 11 event by NFF President, Sani Lulu.

On arrival in Durban, the Nigerian delegation would be transported on the two-hour bus ride to the Base Camp at Richard's Bay, the Protea Hotel Waterfront.

Some NFF officials, already on ground in South Africa, included Musa Amadu, Deputy General Secretary (General Services) and Idris Adama, Head of Marketing.

The world's biggest soccer event rolls off in Johannesburg's Soccer City on June 11, with hosts South Africa taking on Mexico.

Already, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province and Durban Municipality are mobilising Zulu dancers among other artistes to welcome the Eagles on arrival in South Africa today.

Many Nigerians have also mobilised to welcome the team when they arrive Durban at 7.50 a.m.

Ms Bongiwe Mkhize, an official in charge of African Activities, International Relations Department in Durban, said that all was set to welcome the team.

She said that there would be little fanfare at the airport because of FIFA arrangements but there would be a reception later to make the team feel at home.

Nigerians have assembled drums, trumpets and other musical instruments to storm the airport to receive the team.

However, it is not clear if they will have much access to them because of FIFA security arrangements.

Daily Trust

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