Paul Osuyi, Asaba
THE Egyptian national team yesterday departed Asaba Airport, Delta State to Cairo after an international friendly match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
Super Eagles defeated the Egyptian national team also known as Pharaohs, with a lone goal by debutant, Onuochu Paul in the entertaining encounter played on Tuesday.
Members of the team, were airlifted at exactly 8.55am, with the aircraft, EgyptAir Boeing 737, which had earlier touched down at 8.am and waited for airport formalities before taking off to Cairo.
Pilot of the EgyptAir Boeing 737, Ramy Mansour told journalists that it was a wonderful experience landing at the airport.
“We had a nice experience landing at the airport, the runway is very good and the greenery was a very nice view from up. It is six hours from Asaba to Cairo and we will like to land here again,” he said.
Wednesday flight would be the second time the budding airport was witnessing international flight.
Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Patrick Ukah described the successful landing and take-off of international flights from the airport as clear attestation of the success story of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
“We give thanks to God for the successful flights. This is an attestation of the good works of Governor Okowa’s administration in Delta State. We have just witnessed the second international flight that is landing and taking-off from Asaba and it is a strong message to investors that Asaba is safe for business,” Ukah stated.