A unified Super Eagles team board an American Airways flight AA233 en-route to Brazil on Tuesday Morning (American time), with bonus issues hopefully settled.
The Nigerian team, which had its last training session in Jacksonville, USA, on Monday evening, were scheduled to fly from Jacksonville, connect from Miami, to Sao Paulo.
On reaching the South American nation, the Eagles will set up their team base in Campinas- the third largest city in Sao Paulo- Southeast region of Brazil.
According to reports emerging from the team training camp hours before departure, government have allegedly approved the sum of $12.2m for the African champions, who have twice held discussions with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over payment of their appearance fee.
The team captain, Joseph Yobo, reiterates he and his team-mates are committed to holding the West African giants’ flag high in Brazil.
Brazil all the way with my skipo. Journey mercies amen. pic.twitter.com/7MUwwcCtoG
— Onazi Ogenyi Eddy (@OnaziOgenyi) June 10, 2014
“We don’t play for Nigeria because of money. But when you work somewhere, you are entitled to certain things. You can’t deprive players from asking for their rights, this is normal.
“There is no problem. We are ready to play for Nigeria. And we won’t let this to affect us,” Yobo said.
Nigeria open their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, before playing against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Argentina.
The flight from Miami to Sao Paulo is expected to last for about eight hours.