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Facilities ready for Women U-20 World Cup, Edo assures FIFA


[FILE PHOTO] Godwin Obaseki<br /> Photo: Twitter/GovernorObaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured world football governing body, FIFA, that the state’s facilities will be ready for the Women U-20 World Cup if Nigeria were given the right to host the competition.

FIFA recently inspected facilities in Edo State ahead of the final decision on the host country for the event.

Obaseki said, “We are delighted at the endorsements of our facilities by the visiting FIFA delegation led by FIFA Consultant, Mainasara Illo.

“Edo State is the heartbeat of Nigeria, we made our mark in sports several decades ago and we are setting the stage to bring back those glorious years of leading in all sporting activities, with our huge investment in the sector.”


He reiterated that, “Edo is clearly the safest state in the South-south region, our people are very cosmopolitan with a rich and colourful culture.

“We have a functional airport, some of the best hotels in the country, reliable transport infrastructure that has Taxify and Uber leading the pack. So we have everything that will give our guests a memorable experience.”

The governor noted that the remodeling work on Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would soon be completed while work on other sporting facilities is progressing.

FIFA, earlier in the week, scored Edo State high in its preparations towards hosting the U-20 World Cup tournament in the state capital, Benin City, in the event that Nigeria wins the hosting right.

FIFA Consultant, Mainasarawa Illo accompanied by Amaju Pinnick of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) during a tour of facilities said that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City is one of the venues proposed for use by FIFA.

The next edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be in 2020.

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