- It’s the game of my life – Onazi
Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles arrived Cuiaba, in Central Brazil, venue of its next group encounter against Bosnia Herzegovina on Thursday afternoon, for the game scheduled for Saturday evening in the city.
The team, which left the Campinas Airport at about 12:15 local time, arrived Cuiaba at exactly 1:10 pm after a one hour and 45minutes flight. Cuiaba operates a different time zone from Sao Paulo, which is an hour ahead. The city was warm at the arrival of the team, with temperatures standing at 33 degrees Celsius. Pockets of soccer loving Brazilians dotted the route and the front of the hotel to welcome the African champions.
The team was immediately checked into its Hits Pantanal Hotel, which is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. On the team’s entourage were some members of the Nigerian National Assembly, noticeable among them, Alhaja (Hon) Ayo Omidiran, who is the Deputy Chairman of the House Of Representatives Committee on Sports and a former Executive Committee member of the Nigeria Football Association.
Speaking on arrival in Cuiaba, Lazio of Italy midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, said he can’t wait for Saturday to show how important the game is to him.
“One of the players of the Bosnian side is my teammate at Lazio, he plays from the left side of the attack and I want to prove to him that I am a great player at the world stage,” he said with Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, beaming with smiles.
The team will have its first training session in Cuiaba later on Thursday at 5:30pm local time, before taking a rest and preparing for the activities of Friday.