The Cameroon team is expected to arrive at their training camp in Japan on Thursday – four days behind schedule.
The players were due to be welcomed at Nakatsue, 500 miles from Tokyo, on Sunday.
But Japanese officials said on Tuesday that they had been sent a fax by Cameroon FA officials explaining that the team’s charter plane had technical trouble, and was stuck in Paris.
However, the team hopes to leave on Tuesday.
Yuichiro Takehara, from the training camp organising committee, was unable to confirm reports in the Japanese media that several Cameroon players were having visa problems.
He said that local residents were not irritated by their guests’ lack of punctuality.
« This just means we will be all the more pleased to see them when they do arrive, » he said.
Inhabitants of Nakatsue village have been preparing for the Indomitable Lions for months, with local officials and kindergarten studying French.
The celebrations planned for their arrival on Sunday were scrapped after the team failed to turn up.