Only ten years after hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria is looking to play hosts to the U-20 FIFA Women World Cup scheduled for 2020.
According to Goal, FIFA are considering a bid from Nigeria for the hosting rights of the 2020 Women World Cup.
India and South Korea are also understood to have submitted bids to host the U-20 2020 Women’s World Cup but India have already being designated hosts for the U-17 category to be held in March.
Therefore, FIFA are reportedly interested in a host nation outside the Asian continent, making Nigeria the favourite to host the U-20 competition.
If that happens, Nigeria would print its name in the sands of time as the first African Nation to stage a FIFA women’s tournament.
According to Goal, this revelation was made known by sources close to the Nigerian government who claimed that a bid was submitted following the reopening of the bidding process after it was initially closed last September.
“We’ve [Nigeria] tendered a bid to host the Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup and we believe we stand a bright chance of winning the hosting rights,” a source told Goal.
“It has been a while, about 10 years now that we last hosted a major tournament. We think getting to host this tournament will be the beginning of great things for Nigeria sports, not just football.
“Many will be worried about Ahmad Ahmad and Amaju Pinnick’s fallout at Caf but Nigeria still has a strong presence in the international community of football. Let’s wait and see.”
Corroborating the revelation, an NFF official close to FIFA have according to Goal confirmed that FIFA officials are set to visit the West African country next month for an inspection.
“Fifa are also sending their officials here for an inspection tour in August and they will also support us to host with at least $4m.
“This will not be a burden to the Nigeria government when you eventually get the hosting rights. It’s an opportunity to develop our sporting infrastructures across the country.” the NFF official told Goal.