Nigeria’s Super Eagles arrived Addis Ababa at 9.10 am (7.10am in Lagos) this morning ahead of Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia.
The Nigerian 263-man contingent comprising players, technical crew, NFF and NSC officials, government delegation and sports journalists flew out of the Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 2.45am on Saturday morning aboard Ethiopia Airline’s Boeing 787 Africa’s first Dreamliner aircraft.
On arrival in Addis Ababa, the Super Eagles were given a rousing welcome by some of the Ethiopian ball fans present at the airport.
John Mikel Obi of Chelsea and his colleague, Victor Moses, who is on season long loan deal at Liverpool were the clear favourites of the fans.
There was scramble among the fans on who to snap photographs with Mikel first among the fans. Mikel waited patiently, obliging the Ethiopian fans the opportunity of a life time to have his pictures on their mobile phones and ipads.
One of the fans who identified himself simply as Haile, said that he is a Chelsea fan which informed why he wanted to snap photograph with Mikel in particular.
“I like Mikel because he plays for my favourite English Premiership club, Chelsea.”
Asked if he was going to back Mikel and the Super Eagles against Ethiopia on Sunday, the fan frowned and insisted that the Walya Antelopes would beat Nigeria 2-0 on Sunday.
“I am an Ethiopian. We (Walya Antelopes) have prepared very well for Nigeria. This is not going to be like the Nations Cup in South Africa when your Victor Moses scored two goals against us,” stressed Haile as he walked away from the car park of the Addis airport.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are to have a feel of the Addis Ababa stadium this evening in their first and only training session before the World Cup play-off first leg clash.
All the players were in high spirit as they boarded their bus heading to their hotel.
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