Nigerian team switches base to Richards Bay

2010-05-05 00:00

THE Nigerian national football team has finally settled on a base camp for the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup.

The team will be staying at the Waterfront Protea Hotel in Richards Bay from June 7-30.

The Super Eagles were originally contracted to stay at the Hampshire Hotel in Ballito, but were unhappy with the hotel’s facilities.

Waterfront Protea Hotel general manager Andre de Klerk said the Richards Bay council has been working furiously to get the Nigerians to stay in the town for some time.

“We were very disappointed initially that they hadn’t decided to stay in Richards Bay,” he said. “But when they came back here looking for a new base, they were greeted by both mayors and we could see immediately that they were interested.”

The four-star hotel is a 15-minute drive from the Richards Bay Sports Complex, where the Super Eagles will be training.

De Klerk said he is confident that the Richards Bay council will ensure that the team is looked after.

“These guys already have a massive support base in the town and we will continue to be warm and hospitable once they arrive,” De Klerk said.

“We are going to make sure that they are escorted and looked after from the very beginning.”

The Nigerian National Football Federation confirmed that it had to pay about R920 000 to terminate its contract with the Hampshire Hotel.

Nigerian Sports Minister Ibrahim Bio reportedly visited the Hampshire and raised the issues of security and noise from the nearby N2 highway,

 

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