November 11 – The Nigerian FA says it is favourite to land Africa’s first ever Under-20 Women’s World Cup next year following a visit by a FIFA inspection team back in August.
“We’ve received words from FIFA about areas we need to improve on to win the race to host in 2020,” a top official of the NFF told the BBC . “There’s a strong assurance that we are now favourites to host and we have a few months to make it happen.”
Nigeria have previously hosted the men’s Under-20 World Cup in 1999 and the Under-17 version ten years later. Nigeria’s government has already offered its support, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo insisting they are fully behind the plans.
“The Government of Nigeria guarantees to back the bid 100 per cent,” Osinbajo said. “We are actually excited with the prospect of hosting the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2020. For us, football is a unifying force. Government interest in hosting is beyond commercial; football is a measure of unity and well-being of our people as diverse as we are.”
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