Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player in the Flying Eagles squad to land in New Zealand Monday for the the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup MVP played for Man City's U-21s on Saturday, scoring twice in their 3-1 over Manchester United U-21s before embarking on the New Zealand trip.
Flying Eagles team secretary Aliyu Auwal Ibrahim confirmed Iheanacho 's arrival in Auckland.
"Kelechi is already in Auckland and waiting for us," said the official.
The main squad of 18 players are due in Auckland on Tuesday afternoon before they connect to their match venue in New Plymouth.
The African champions are drawn against Brazil, North Korea and Hungary in Group E.