Namibia suffered a two hour flight delay as they left Lagos for Calabar on Friday ahead of Sunday’s opening 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
The Brave Warriors arrived in Lagos on Thursday night and were supposed to depart for Calabar, the Cross River State capital, aboard an Arik Air flight scheduled for mid-morning on Friday.
However, the airline announced that there would be a 30-minute delay due to crew change at the old domestic arm of the Murtala Muhammed Airport.
There was further delay to their departure when they finally boarded an hour later due to the air traffic control’s system problem.
The plane finally took off in the afternoon, two hours and 15 minutes behind schedule and arrived in Calabar 55 minutes later.
Unruffled Namibia coach Bernard Kaanjuka told Goal.com that they were not too happy with the arrangement for the trip as they expected to have been flown to Calabar on Thursday night.
He said, however, that this would not affect the team’s spirit as they look to upset the Super Eagles in Sunday’s game.
“I’ve been working as a coach for 20 years all over Africa and I know how things work, this will not affect us,” Kaanjuka told Goal.com.
“We will do our first work out at 5pm today (Friday). But first I need to get my players good food because the breakfast they had was poor.”
The Brave Warriors are ranked 120th in the world, far below their opponents who are ranked 63rd.