Eagles arrives in US, starts World Cup training

Friday 30 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Super Eagles left London on Thursday morning for  Philadelphia, USA with Bastia midfielder, Sunday Mba finally reporting to the teams camp in London on time for the trip to the US.

The team, which arrived in the USA last night, will continue its preparation for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil with two friendly matches.

After Head Coach, Stephen Keshi must have named his 23-man squad on June 2, the team will play Greece in its first friendly game on June 3 at the Philadelphia Union Stadium. On June 7, Super Eagles will play USA in its second friendly in Jacksonville.

The Super Eagles will on 10th June fly from Miami International Airport aboard an American Airline flight to Sao Paulo and arrive at the Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paulo at 8.40pm local time.

Meanwhile, Mba, who was among the fans at the Craven Cottage watching his teammates dig out a draw against Scotland on Wednesday night, left with his colleagues to the US.

After two days of absence, Mba was to reveal that he had visa issuance problems which accounted for his late coming, adding that coach Stephen Keshi was aware of the development.

He called on all players to be steadfast in the pursuit of credible result in Brazil.

Reacting to the development, team administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, said when it was discovered that Mba had an expired visa it was decided that it should be quickly renewed in Abuja and so the United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria was informed.

“They were ready to do the job on time for the player to be with his teammates but his club wanted him in France and so he had to leave but we also made contact with the United Kingdom High Commission in France and they helped facilitate his quick arrival here,” he said.

“We must thank both Commissions in Abuja and Paris for their help and wish them the best even as we hope to extend any hand of fellowship that they may need to them in the future.”

With the arrival of Mba all the 30 players are now complete and the team left Thursday morning for Philadelphia in the United States for its next friendly against Greece next week Tuesday.

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