The Nigeria Football Federation has signified interest to host the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Spokesperson of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, confirmed this in a chat with our correspondent on Thursday.
He said Nigeria was showing interest in hosting the flagship women’s football tournament in Africa, as the leading country in the game.
Congo, the initial hosts of the 2020 AWCON, pulled out last year.
“As the leading women’s football nation in Africa, why can another country bid to host and we cannot? We have signified interest to host since last year and the Confederation of African Football has been aware ever since,” Olajire said.
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told French radio RFI that Equatorial Guinea were also interested in hosting the 2020 AWCON.
But Olajire expressed optimism that Nigeria would beat competition from other countries bidding to host the event.
“We should be able to win the bid, if we are not sure of winning, we wouldn’t have submitted any bid in the first place,” Olajire added.
“Some places have been pencilled down, Lagos, Benin City and Abuja are among the shortlisted cities; these are places that have a history of hosting women’s football.
“The AWCON is around November, so we have a lot of time to get some stadiums that are not yet ready to be.”Ahmad said final decision on the host country will be made at CAF’s Executive Committee meeting on January 15.