World Cup bid: FIFA dumps Nigeria, meets Costa Rica

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FIFA has met with officials of the Costa Rica Football Federation on the possibility of the country co-hosting the 2020 women’s World Cup with Panama.

This is coming after a delegation from FIFA in August inspected facilities put forward by Nigeria for the tournament but were yet to make the outcome of their findings public.  But with the visit to Costa Rica, Nigeria, who were greatly favoured to host the event, might lose out over their inability to meet FIFA’s conditions

NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, in an interview on the television last Monday, admitted that Nigeria was finding it difficult to meet FIFA’s requirements.

Pinnick hinted that Nigeria may be considered for the 2022 edition of the U-20 Women’s World Cup, hoping that Nigeria would have better sporting infrastructure at that time.

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who led the FIFA delegation on a three-day visit who is on a three-day tour across the Caribbean and Central America, held discussion with Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

A statement from FIFA quoted Infantino as saying that the Central American nations are fit to stage the women’s U-20 tournament next year.

The visit was an opportunity to meet Quesada and discuss the possibility of Costa Rica co-hosting the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, together with Panama,”

“Costa Rica is a very good example of what can be achieved in terms of football development with serious and hard work, and is a model for the whole region.” he said.

 

 

Jibril. O