The Super Eagles won’t be at the opening ceremony in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium which will also host the final.
This is due to their arrival in in Essentuki on Monday night from their training camp in Austria.
FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) officials conducted arrival meetings with the administrative officials of Super Eagles at their Sanatorium Istochnik Hotel team base camp in Essentuki.
According to Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, the public and media, Super Eagles players will have two trainings today at Essentuki. He noted the second training in the evening will be behind closed doors. The team will fly out to Kaliningrad, which is 3 hours away by flight from Essentuki, tomorrow afternoon, almost when the opening ceremony will start.
The training ground in Essentuki is around 1,581 kilometers away from the venue of the opening ceremony in Moscow. They will need to travel almost two hours 30 minutes by air or almost a day if by train.
If they would be at the opening ceremony, the Super Eagles will be 1,254 kilometers from Kaliningrad stadium where they would have their first game.