FC Hearts arrive in Beijing ahead of Gothia Cup. They are led by Co-ordinator Anas Abubakar Ahmed (far left)

FC Hearts of Abuja, who will be the first Nigerian representatives at Gothia Cup China, have safely landed in Beijing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

They arrived around 2pm Nigerian time today and were warmly received by officials of Gothia Cup China.

Officials said they will now travel by train to Shenyang, where the tournament will be staged.

The squad of 18 players and six officials departed Abuja Friday afternoon.

“It was a long flight but enjoyable flight to China,” said coach Saad Maaji Ahamad aka ‘Amo’

“Everybody on the trip is very excited and already it is a great experience.”

A total of 303 teams from 31 countries will feature in this year’s Gothia Cup China, which is in its second year.

The opening ceremony will be staged inside the Shenyang Olympic Stadium with FC Hearts being among the teams who will take part in the traditional march past.

The competition will be from August 13 to 19.

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