Lagos - After flying for about 22 hours, the Falconets of
Nigeria Wednesday morning arrived Papua New Guinea to a rousing welcome ahead
of the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup.
The players and officials who left Nigeria Sunday, 6th
November, landed at the Jackson's International Airport at Port Moresby, Papua
New Guinea at 4:24 am local time, aboard Air Niugini flight from Singapore.
Nigeria arrived for the biennial FIFA tournament behind
Germany, Brazil, Spain, Sweden and Korea Republic who touched down on Tuesday.
FIFA officials and Local Organising Committee (LOC) members were on ground to
receive the team and guided players and officials in the procurement of visas
at point of entry.
Despite the early morning arrival of Nigeria, locals turned
out in large numbers at the airport singing, dancing and waving a giant
Nigerian flag in welcome of the 2014 silver winning team.
The players and officials were driven in a convoy to the
Crowne Plaza Hotel, located approximately 20 minutes drive from the Jackson's
International airport. The team completed their check –in procedure at the
hotel by 6am and had breakfast by 7am local time.
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Meanwhile, the local media in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
celebrated the arrival of Nigeria to their country by flashing photographs of
two Falconets’ players in their papers.
The country's highest circulating newspaper, Papua New
Guinea Post Courier, gave Belarus - based Aminat Yakubu, the pride of place on
their back page with a big action picture of her in Nigerian jersey.
Inside the sports pages, the paper had another action
picture of Kazakhstan- based Chinwendu Ihezuo in Nigerian Jersey with the
caption: "Nigeria's Ihezuo to enthrall all in Papua New Guinea".
The paper which has been in circulation since 1969, while
giving the arrival of other World Cup teams a mention in their analysis,
described Falconets as Group B favourites who could become the home crowd’s
darling team when the tournament gets underway on November 13. Meanwhile,
Falconets defied jet lag and had their first training Wednesday afternoon. The
team trained for two hours from 2:30 -4:30 pm.For
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- News24 Nigeria