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2020 U-20 WWC: FIFA inspection team visits Nigeria Monday

A five-man inspection team from FIFA will arrive Lagos on Monday for a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2020.

This was in a statement issued by the Head, Nigeria Football Federation Communications Department, Ademola Olajire.

FIFA president Infantino, CAF 1st Vice president Amaju Pinnick and CAF president Ahmad Ahmad

The FIFA officials – Christopher Exley, Sara Jane Booth, Kliment Taseski, Rhiannon Ceirwen Martin and Heyral Kaj Jurgen — will arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Monday evening.

They will be received by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick; first Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi; and General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.

Also, NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League Aisha Falode and top officials of the Lagos State Sports Commission led by the Executive Chairman, Kweku Tandoh will receive the FIFA team.

Nigeria has put forward the cities of Lagos, Benin, Asaba and Uyo for the hosting of the 16 nations finals.

The inspection team will begin work in Lagos on Tuesday, with visits to the Onikan Stadium, St. Nicholas Hospital and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

They will also inspect the Teslim Balogun Stadium, National Stadium Legacy Pitch, Eagle Club, Campos Square and the University of Lagos Sports Centre as training sites, before a courtesy call on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The team will thereafter, fly to Benin City same day to inspect facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for match venue while Western Boys College and University of Benin Sports Centre would be used as training sites.

The Edo Specialist Hospital and University of Benin Teaching Hospital would serve as referral hospitals.

The contingent will check out the facilities in Asaba and Uyo on Wednesday.

In Asaba, the Stephen Keshi Stadium is the proposed match venue, while training sites are Asaba Squash Courts and St. Patrick’s College.

The referral hospitals are St. Luke’s Hospital and Asaba General Hospital.

In Uyo, the focus will be on the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as match venue with Ikot Ekpene Stadium and Godswill Akpabio Training Pitch to be used as training sites while Ibom Specialist Hospital and University of Uyo Teaching Hospital will be referral hospital.

The inspection party will then fly to Abuja on Thursday for a meeting with the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Olusade Adesola and a courtesy call to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.

Nigeria is one of only four countries to have participated in every edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s Cup since the competition was launched in 2002 in Canada as an U19 Championship.

It was upgraded to U-20 competition in 2008. USA, Germany and Brazil are the other three ever –present teams.

The Falconets reached the Final of the competition in 2010 and 2014, losing to Germany on both occasions, and were semi finalists in Japan in 2012.

The Fifa delegation from the headquarters of world football body in Zurich will make a detailed inspection of the hosts’ venues, training grounds, hospitals and stadia earmarked for the event.

In a statement to the press, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said Lagos, Alabama, Benin City and Uyo have been picked as the four host cities for the women’s age-grade tournament billed for the summer of 2020.

“A five-man inspection team from world football governing body, Fifa will arrive in Lagos on Monday for a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment that Nigeria has put forward to host the 10th Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup championship next year,” the statement read.

“The inspection team will begin its work in Lagos on Tuesday, with visits to the Onikan Stadium (match venue), St. Nicholas Hospital and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (referral hospitals), Teslim Balogun Stadium, National Stadium Legacy Pitch, Eagle Club, Campos Square and the University of Lagos Sports Centre (training sites) before a courtesy call on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Government House in Alausa.

“Joined by NFF President Pinnick, General Secretary Sanusi, Alh. Mainasara Illo (Coordinator of the Bid), Falode, Commissioner of Police Garba Baba (security) and Dr. Paul Onyeudo (medical), the team will fly to Benin City same day to inspect facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium (match venue), Western Boys College and University of Benin Sports Centre (training sites) and the Edo Specialist Hospital and University of Benin Teaching Hospital (referral hospitals).

“The contingent will check out the facilities in Asaba and Uyo on Wednesday. In Asaba, the Stephen Keshi Stadium is the proposed match venue, while training sites are Asaba Squash Courts and St. Patrick’s College. The referral hospitals are St. Luke’s Hospital and Asaba General Hospital.

“In Uyo, the focus will be on the Godswill Akpabio Stadium (match venue), Ikot Ekpene Stadium and Godswill Akpabio Training Pitch (training sites) and Ibom Specialist Hospital and University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (referral hospitals).

“The inspection party will then fly to Abuja on Thursday for a meeting with the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Olusade Adesola (representing the Honourable Minister) and a courtesy call on His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (GCON) at the Presidential Villa.”

Nigeria reached the final in 2010 and 2014 but lost to Germany on both two occasions.

No African nation has hosted a Fifa organised women’s football tournament – a streak Nigeria will be aiming to break by staging the 10th edition next year.

 

 

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