Nigeria’s Super Eagles have landed in Alexandria after a six-hour flight ahead of Tuesday’s AFCON rematch against Egypt.
The team’s departure from Abuja on a chartered flight was delayed by two hours as they sought clearance to fly over Sudan.
England-based goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was the only player who did not make the flight as he has returned to his club after he was ruled out of the match due to a stomach problem.
Reports have it that hundreds of the country’s supporters were denied entry visas and so could not make the trip to cheer the Eagles to victory in a must-win game.
Owner of Nigeria league club FC IfeanyiUbah is believed to have helped out cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to secure a chartered flight for this trip.
Egypt lead Group G, which has now been reduced to three teams following the withdrawal of Chad, with four points with Nigeria still two points behind on two points.
Tanzania are now bottom of the standings on a point.
Former NFF president Aminu Maigari and some members of the House of Representatives committee on sports are among those who made the trip.