Nigeria: World Cup hotel is too noisy

Nigeria: World Cup hotel is too noisy

Published May. 3, 2010 6:17 p.m. ET

Nigeria complained that the hotel it will use at the World Cup in South Africa is too noisy.

Nigerian Sports Minister Ibrahim Bio reportedly visited the three-star Hampshire Hotel, north of Durban, and raised the issue of noise from the nearby N2 highway, as well as the team's safety.

"I am concerned about the noise, and I am very unsure of the security of this place," Bio said, according to the Mercury newspaper. "It's important that our boys are secure."

FIFA said it has held discussions with the Nigerian Football Association and reported a "positive meeting."

Nigeria had agreed to stay at the Hampshire Hotel before Lars Lagerback took over as coach from Shaibu Amodu, and the team has identified a five-star venue, the Zimbali lodge, as its preferred alternative.

Brazil coach Dunga visited South Africa recently to check on renovations at the five-star Hotel Fairway in Randburg, just outside Johannesburg.

The hotel is located inside a golf club and was being renovated to accommodate the Brazilians. It is expected to be ready by May 12.

Last month, Germany's team hotel near Pretoria was found to be missing the legal documents that allow people to occupy the buildings.

The German Football Federation said it had no intention of moving hotels.