Nigeria was on time this time.
The African champion touched down for the World Cup as scheduled in Sao Paulo on Tuesday night from its pre-tournament camp in the United States.
A year ago, the Super Eagles arrived three days late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil and in disarray after a player strike over bonuses caused delays and threatened to throw the World Cup warm-up tournament into chaos.
Late Tuesday, the Nigerians were transferring through Brazil's huge commercial hub to their World Cup base in the city of Campinas, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Sao Paulo.
The 2013 African Cup of Nations winner will play Iran in its opening game in Group F in Curitiba on Monday.
– AP