Nigeria’s Under 20 national team, the Flying Eagles, has arrived in New Zealand for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which begins on May 30.
The African champions left their training camp in Nurnberg, Germany, on Sunday and flew via Frankfurt on a hectic 25-hour flight across three continents before arriving in New Plymouth.
The 28-man delegation, including 18 players and 10 officials, landed in Ðubai from Frankfurt on Monday morning before heading for Melbourne, Australia.
They later connected a flight to Auckland, the capital of New Zealand, from Australia after being airborne for 18 hours 35 minutes on Tuesday morning.
At the Auckland International Airport, the Flying Eagles team was joined by Manchester City youth team striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.
They flew together to New Plymouth, where they will play their preliminary matches.
The Nigerians will camp at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International and will continue final preparations with their first training scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 13:00 hours local time (Tuesday midnight in Nigeria).
Manu Garba’s lads have been drawn against Brazil, Korea DPR and Hungary in Group E.
Nigeria, the African champions, will begin their campaign for glory against Brazil on June 1 in New Plymouth.