U20 Women World Cup: FG excited about hosting prospect
The Federal Government is excited about the prospect of Nigeria hosting the next FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in 2020.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN dropped the hint when he received a delegation of FIFA Inspection Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Professor Osinbajo added that the government is actively supporting the bid of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to host the next female soccer competition.
The Vice President said the team while going round the country would have noticed that practically every Nigerian is a football fan.
He said the government is interested in the prospect of hosting the competition, noting that Nigeria has indeed participated in all FIFA’s female competition and also has the number to effectively host the sporting event next year.
Prof Osinbajo said that the Federal Government is backing Nigeria’s bid fully and is prepared to do all that is required for adequate comfort of expected guests and fans.
Prof. Osinbajo added that the Federal Government is not just interested in the business of hosting the sporting event but in satisfying the needs of the people who have over the years, demonstrated uncommon love for football.
Speaking earlier, the head of the FIFA Inspection team, Mr Kaj Heyral observed that the team was impressed with the facilities they have seen and expressed appreciation for the hospitality shown by Nigeria during their two-week stay.
A decision on Nigeria’s bid to host the event will be taken next month.
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick who noted that hosting the competition will further boost Nigeria’s positive image, said the FIFA team inspected six stadia, 13 training sites, nine hospitals and about 10 hotels in the country.
Pinnick added that Nigeria’s hosting of the sporting event is about the future of Nigerian football, the future of the youths as well as the future of the female players.