By Beng Emmanuel
World Football governing body FIFA has given Nigeria until January 2020 to put in place facilities if they must host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup next year.
Nigeria’s Sport Minister, Sunday Dare has said they are doing all possible means to meetup with the conditions and have facilities “up and running”.
“We have been in constant touch with the FIFA team, they were here sometimes in August we hope they will return soon,” Kick442.com learnt from goal.com
“We are looking at a single city hosting, likely going to be Lagos. The NFF and the Ministry have been reviewing some of the requirements that FIFA needs us to have in place, which are eleven practice pitches, two major stadia and of course a few other requirements – medical facilities, security, network and all of that”. The Sport boss added.
Nigeria placed her bid to host the competition in September 2018 and could lose their bid to either India or South Korea who also have interest in stagging the global football showpiece.
Kick442.com has learnt that an inspection mission from FIFA was in Nigeria last August to evaluate the country’s readiness to host the women’s youth competition.
However goal.com reports that in spite FIFA’s consideration, Nigeria risk losing their bid over inadequate facilities.
Nigeria’s Falconets have participated in nine U-20 World Cup finals since making their debut in 2002.
The two time World Cup runners up ( 2010 & 2014 ) have won two Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in 2002 and 2004.
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