After flying for about 22 hours, the Falconets of Nigeria Wednesday morning arrived Papua New Guinea to a rousing welcome ahead of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.
The players and officials who left Nigeria Sunday, 6th November, landed at the Jackson’s International Airport at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea at 4:24 am local time, aboard Air Niugini flight from Singapore.
Nigeria arrived for the biennial FIFA tournament behind Germany, Brazil, Spain, Sweden and Korea Republic who touched down on Tuesday. FIFA officials and Local Organising Committee (LOC) members were on ground to receive the team and guided players and officials in the procurement of visas at point of entry.
Despite the early morning arrival of Nigeria, locals turned out in large numbers at the airport singing, dancing and waving a giant Nigerian flag in welcome of the 2014 silver winning team.
The players and officials were driven in a convoy to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located approximately 20 minutes drive from the Jackson’s International airport. The team completed their check –in procedure at the hotel by 6am and had breakfast by 7am local time.