FIFA confirms two Lagos stadiums for U-20 Women’s World Cup

The Teslim Balogun and Onikan stadiums in Lagos have been tipped by FIFA to host U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020, which Nigeria is bidding for.

FIFA inspection team member, Sara Booth, gave a hint that the stadiums could be chosen to host the tournament.

She spoke during a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment by a five-man FIFA inspection team in Lagos on Tuesday.

“What we are here to do basically is to inspect the facilities, we know that Nigeria has massive support for football. We are confident. We have visited different hotels, and facilities, because it (hosting the World Cup) involves a lot of processes,” the FIFA official added.

Also, coordinator of the bid for Nigeria’s hosting of the cup, Mainasara Illo, said Lagos venues met up with FIFA’s requirement.

“FIFA has about seven to eight conditionality, which must be met before granting the request , which includes availability of venues, capacity to fill the stadium and management of the stadium.

“Others are the readiness of the state to host the competition, how the centres appreciate women football and other facilities such as hospitals and training pitches.

“Lagos is likely to have two centres, one on the Island and another on the Mainland; all the facilities inspected are up to the required standard,” Illo said.

Apart from the Lagos stadiums, other venues put forward by Nigeria are the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba and Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

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