- Keshi debunks Echejile must stay report
The Super Eagles arrived Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday night at about 10:40pm to a rousing welcome from Miami, United States, where they equally got a rousing send forth from staff of American Airlines, which flew the team to Brazil.
The staffers were brandishing various posters wishing the Eagles goodluck and were led by their Station Manager, who also ensured that the team had easy immigration passage to the airline. It was a very emotional scene for the players who were not expecting such from the airline staff but there were still more to come.
After eight hours of flight, the plane finally touched down at the Sao Paulo International Airport, with Sports Minister, Hon Tammy Danagogo leading NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, to welcome the team.
Maigari was to announce that the Federal Government delegation led by Senate President, David Mark, will arrive Sao Paulo later on Wednesday to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan’s address to the team and also wish the team the best in the Mundial.
After light entertainment at the airport the team drove to it camp base in Campinas, where they will train at the Estadio Brinco De Ouro da Princesa. Once there, residents of Campinas turned out in their hundreds to welcome the team also with posters wishing the team the best in the World Cup.
“We are totally overwhelmed by this wonderful reception, Head Coach Stephen Keshi said while addressing journalists in front of the Vitoria Hotel, where the team is quartered.
The team will begin training on Wednesday by 4pm local time as it gears up for its first game against Iran next Monday.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has debunked news making the rounds that he has insisted on keeping injured Elderson Echejile in camp against medical advice, adding that he never spoke to any Nigerian journalist on the matter.
Reacting to the story, Keshi said he was pained that Echejile, who is a very key member of the squad, will be missing out after putting in so much but there was nothing he could do to hasten the healing process.
“We have spoken to the medical team and the NFF and we have agreed, so I was a bit shocked when I got a call from some of my friends back home that I insisted on an injured player. It’s a fallacy because I never spoke to anyone about Echejile.”
Ejike Uzoenyi, the Rangers International winger who was named by Keshi as replacement will arrive Brazil by 4pm local time from Nigeria.
Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, said all logistics to receive and reintegrate him into the team quickly have been made.
“I guess when he arrives and start training Nigerians will finally come to the reality that we will miss Echejile in this World Cup.”