Nigeria’s Flying Eagles finally arrived Panama City ahead of a pre-World Cup tournament Friday evening from Amsterdam.
The team of 22 officials and 10 officials made the 10-hour flight after another three-hour flight from Lisbon in Portugal.
They were welcomed by a storm which delayed the KLM aircraft’s touching down because the airport was closed temporarily. Portugal, who held a 10-man Flying Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Lisbon Wednesday, also flew into Panama City about the same time via Madrid.
Lazio defender Seyi Adeleke was released by the Nigeria U20s on medical grounds, officials disclosed, while all the other players who have been training in Faro, Portugal, in readiness of the U20 World Cup in Colombia made it to Panama.
An official said the bigger squad was to ensure there are no injury problems after the four-nation tournament, which begins Monday night here in Panama, which would be early Tuesday morning in Nigeria as Panama are six hours behind Nigeria.
Nigeria play their opening match of the competition, tagged ‘Copa Presidente de la Republica’, against the host nation, who have also qualified for the World Cup in neighbouring Colombia.
Portugal and Mexico are the other teams to feature in this tourney.