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Nigeria 2010 World Cup plans back on track

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

The Nigeria squad from the Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria will not stay at their planned hotel in Durban after all

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has resolved its accommodation problems ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

The Super Eagles will now stay at the Protea Waterfront Hotel at Richards Bay after dumping Hampshire Hotel

The Fifa accommodation office, Match, as well as the country's sports minister reached a truce with Hampshire Hotel at the weekend.

This comes after Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback rejected Hampshire Hotel as their base during the tournament.

"Collectively the hotel and Nigeria have agreed to share the compensation cost following the dissolution of our agreement," NFF president Sani Lulu Abdullahi told BBC Sport.

"Contrary to what has been written all over, we considered a lot of things before settling for that hotel late last year but twice they fail to meet our deadlines to put things in place hence the cancellation.

"The NFF is grateful to the Nigerian government and Fifa for their support in resolving this as well as fixing the new place.

With the hotel issue sorted out, the NFF has also finalized the Super Eagles friendly matches scheduled for the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Nigeria's build-up to the World Cup has been disrupted by several different problems - including the abandonment of a planned training camp in London.

But the NFF said the protracted training camp and friendly matches have been formalized.

"We will play Iceland on 26 May in London at a venue to be decided while the match against Colombia four days later will be played at the Leyton Orient stadium," NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire confirm to the BBC.

"Another friendly is also scheduled for 4 June against North Korea in South Africa but we will announce the ground as soon it is worked out."

Meanwhile, Nigeria assistant coach Austin Eguavoen believes the return to club action for several Super Eagles players can fire up Nigeria's World Cup campaign.

With barely six weeks to the World Cup, the likes of Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo, Danny Shittu, Adefemi Olubayo and Yakubu Ayegbeni are prominent names struggling to break into their clubs' first team.

Captain Joseph Yobo was in action against Stoke City on Saturday, the defender's first start for Everton since their Europa League defeat at Sporting Lisbon in February.

"We need all our players back in regular action and we have been worried about Yobo, but it was good to see him back in a more assuring manner." Eguavoen said.

"Yobo as one of the few experienced defenders in our squad brings a lot to the team and it was good to see him back for Everton.

"John Utaka scoring for Portsmouth and Ikechukwu Uche making a return to action in the Spanish league gives us a huge boost."

Nigeria play Argentina, Greece and South Korea in Group B of the World Cup.



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