Nigeria’s rivals in the U20 World Cup Saudi Arabia want a church at their hotel premises pulled down because they are putting up in the premises.
According to a news report by one of Colombia’s leading television stations, Caracol, the Saudis, who are Muslims, have asked that a church built inside the sprawling Las Camelias Hotel Campestre in Armenia be brought down.
The church is directly behind the front desk of the hotel, which is nestled in a thick forest.
However, the manager of the hotel has reacted by saying there is nothing they can do about this. The Saudis checked into the hotel all the same Monday evening.
Colombia is predominantly Catholic and in both private and public places symbols of that faith are proudly displayed.
All four teams in Group D – Croatia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala – will be staying at the 101-room hotel.
Like Nigeria, Saudi Arabia will play two games in Armenia.
They take on Croatia on Sunday soon after the Nigeria vs Guatemala clash and on August 3, they tackle Guatemala also in Armenia.
The 21,000-capacity Estadio Centenario will also stage a second round match.