By Olawale Ajimotokan
Super Eagles will be accommodated at the world famous Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Hotel in Nelspruit for their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa next year, we learnt Monday night from authoritative sources at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The facilities at the hotel have been approved by the federation following a random inspection undertaken by Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi and the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green after the Africa Cup of Nations Draw in Durban last month.
Some team officials told us that the national team will feel at home at the Ingwemyama Conference Hotel because it is graded as a five- star hotel.
The property sits on a 65-hectare of land in White River area.
The hotel, which has a FIFA approved training pitch, boasts of regional attractions including the Lowveld Botanical Garden. It also has an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna.
The Lowveld region in Mpumalanga Province is just a mere three-hour from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from the Kruger National Park which is one of the world’s famous heritage sites.
The hotel is touted as one of the largest venues for corporate conference and sports related activities not only in Southern Africa, but also on the international market.
And it was here that the national team of Chile was housed during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The facility is about a few kilometres from the Mbobela Stadium in Nelspruit where Nigeria will play two Group C matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia.
Nigeria’s last match will be played in Rustenberg and Eagles are expected to move to one of the hotels to be vacated by some of the teams at the centre.