Nigeria is the frontrunner to host the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Africa, that’s according to the Nigerian Football Federation.
The tournament is scheduled for July 2020 and if Nigeria is selected to host the competition it will be the first African nation to do so. Nigeria is currently the only African nation in the running for hosting duties.
Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has offered the government's support for the competition to arrive in the country, saying: “The Government of Nigeria guarantees to back the bid 100 per cent,”
Despite this support, some figures from the NFF have expressed concern with the country entering into the running as hosts.
Gara Gombe, a former member of the NFF Reforms Committee, has told the Nigerian government to block Nigeria from hosting the competition.
“Nigerians will campaign against it (hosting the competition) because it is not in our interest unless we are informed in clear terms whether it is of commercial or developmental values to us as a nation,” he told The Punch.
Gombe instead believes the fund to be spent in hosting the competition could be used to develop the Nigeria Professional Football League and Nigeria Women Football League.
A top Nigerian football official told the BBC: “We've received words from FIFA about areas we need to improve on to win the race to host in 2020,”
“There's a strong assurance that we are now favourites to host and we have a few months to make it happen.”
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