Caltex Socceroos land in Sydney after 'smooth' flight from Honduras
The Caltex Socceroos walked out of arrivals in Sydney airport around 1pm on Sunday (AEDT) with the players looking fresh after their charter flight from Honduras.
The team’s charter left San Pedro Sula on Saturday (AEDT) shortly after Australia’s 0-0 draw with Honduras in their first leg inter-continental World Cup playoff.
The flight refuelled in Honolulu before landing in Sydney around 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
The special flight ensured the players recovered as well as possible ahead of their second leg winner-takes-all clash on Wednesday night at Stadium Australia, with many players using light therapy glasses on the flight, brought in from Scandinavia by head of sports science Dr Craig Duncan.
The glasses help keep players stay awake, helping their body clock adjust as they fly through time zones.
“You have to give thumbs up to FFA for organising that [charter] and giving us a little more of an advantage going into the next game,” a fresh-looking Caltex Socceroo Trent Sainsbury told reporters shortly after arriving.
“It’s always nice to have the perks of an early flight out. And everything ran smoothly.
“It all helps going into the next game.”
Honduras were due to fly out on a commercial flight to Sydney via LA.
"Los Catrachos" were due to land in Sydney on Monday a full day after the Socceroos.
With such fine margins and so much at stake, the extra rest and recovery time could be crucial - particularly if the game in Sydney goes to extra time - noted Sainsbury.
“Recovery time is always an important thing in international football. Especially with such vast distances covered. Every little bit counts," said the Caltex Socceroos defender.