After participating in the Road to Brazil Tournament in America where the Super Eagles played a goalless draw with Greece and lost 2-1 to host, USA, Coach Stephen Keshi and his ward are due to arrive at the Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo just before 9pm local time.
Eagles are scheduled to depart Miami this morning aboard an American Airline flight from the Miami International Airport.
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who is already in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 64th FIFA Congress scheduled for today and tomorrow, is billed to receive the glory seeking African champions.
The Congress precedes the 20th FIFA World Cup final which kicks off in the same city on Thursday, with host Brazil clashing with Croatia.
Maigari, who was with the Super Eagles at their final training camp in the United States of America before flying to Brazil for the important gathering of the world’s football administrators, said in Sao Paulo yesterday that he was satisfied with the Super Eagles’ build-up to the tournament and is confident the African champions will impress at the finals.
“I want to assure Nigerians at home and in the diaspora that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in Brazil,” began Maigari, who has watched all of the Eagles’ friendly matches leading up to the biggest showpiece in world football.
“For sure, our people would have wanted the team to win the matches against Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Greece and USA. But we drew the first four and lost the last one.
“I have spoken with the head coach and he is optimistic that his boys will be ready for the finals. The earlier draws, and the loss to Team USA have afforded our boys a lot of lessons, which will be useful against Iran in the first match and subsequently.”
“I have confidence in the team. From what I saw at the final training camp in USA, I believe the African champions are set to do Nigeria and Africa proud at the FIFA World Cup,” Maigari said.