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Nigeria's plans for a base in South Africa are in doubt

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

The Nigeria squad from the Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria may not be staying at their planned hotel in Durban after all

The Nigerian sports minister has rejected the country's accommodation plans for the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa.

The Super Eagles had been booked into the Hampshire Hotel near Durban for the duration of the tournament.

The deal is now being renegotiated after the minister, Ibrahim Bio, said the venue was not suitable.

"I am concerned about the noise [and] I am very unsure of the security of this place," he said.

The minister continued: "You would agree that it's important that our boys are secure."

A spokesman for the hotel told the BBC he was not able to discuss the matter, adding the situation was being dealt with by Fifa.

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 Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) said this issue would be resolved.

"We have always had a plan B should this hotel fail to meet our requirements and expectations," NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport on Thursday.

"The delegation visiting South Africa are expected back soon and we will communicate a positive step to the public at the appropriate time.

"It is not a comfortable situation to be in but we will make the essential changes as soon as possible."

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



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