Kinshasa - Golden Eaglets landed safely in Kinshasa on
Thursday after a 10 hour flight, brimming with confidence ahead of the 2015
African Under-17 Championship second round first leg qualifier against DR
The game is slated to hold on Saturday in Kinshasa.
The team which departed their Calabar base for Lagos on
Wednesday, flew out of the Murtala Muhammed Airport aboard Kenya Airways and
made a stopover in Cotonou before embarking on a five-hour nonstop journey
arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 8:30 am local time(6:30am
They immediately boarded another two-and-half hour Kenya
Airways flight for DR Congo and finally touched down at the N'djili Aeroport International
in Kinshasa exactly 10:10am local time-exactly the same time in Nigeria.
After completing immigration formalities, the Golden Eaglets
alongside Messer Rafiu Yusuf (NFF's Head of technical department), Emmanuel Adesanya
(NFF's Head of Inter-clubs department) and Kut Kut Fon of NFF's accounts department)
were received by Masiala Gaspard of the Protocol department of Federation Congolaise
de Football Association (FECOFA).
The contingent was later driven to Kampo Hotel on Avenue de
la Commune and they are already settling down even as officials from the Nigeria
Embassy have promised to assist them for a successful outing.
"We were here earlier with the Ambassador, Grant Ehiobuche,
in order to welcome you but unfortunately, you were not around then,"
informed Ibrahim Miringa, Head of Chancery at the Embassy during lunch. "But
there is nothing to worry about as we would do everything possible so that your
outing would be successful here."
In a related development, two stars of the 2013
Golden Eaglets World Cup team, goalkeeper Dele Alampasu and midfielder
Chidiebere Nwakali, were on hand at the MMA on Wednesday night to wish the team
a successful outing.
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