Security concerns affect Bafana hotel choice

2012-10-15 08:20

Bafana Bafana were forced to make a last-minute hotel switch because of security concerns in Nairobi.

Bafana had wanted to stay at the Hilton Hotel but were advised not to do so for fear of attacks by Somali militant group Al Shabaab, which has been targeting foreigners in Kenya.

Bafana are booked at Southern Sun where they are preparing for their friendly against Kenya at Nyayo National Stadium tomorrow night.

According to Reuters, two blasts occurred in Nairobi and Mombasa on Friday, a day before Bafana arrived in town.

However Safa’s head of delegation, Jan Koopman, denied this, saying the team was never booked at the Hilton.

“I don’t know anything about that booking. We are here because of our partnership with Southern Sun at home,” said Koopman.

But City Press has reliably been told that the team was advised not to even think about the Hilton, which hosts most European visitors.

“This group targets Europeans and Americans and they prefer that hotel hence they were advised not to stay there,” said the source.

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