General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has revealed that the country is ready to host the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations.
Congo Brazzaville withdrew last year from hosting this year’s continental women’s event over the country’s lack of funds in June 2019, a decision which had left CAF in a precarious position as the federation despirately seeks another host for the tournament.
However, NFF’s director of communications, Ademola Olajire, said that the federation had written to CAF indicating interest in hosting the event.
“We’ve formally written to CAF about the interest to host the event,” he said.
“We are working on the bidding documents and we should get it over to CAF soon.
“This is the home of women’s football and the leading football nation in the continent. I believe it’s the right time to do it again. We’ve done it before and we believe it will be like bringing it home again.”
Due to the short notice, there were concerns as to whether the country would be able to successfully host the event, but Sanusi has assured that the country was more than ready.
“The country has hosted many international competitions, and they were all successful.
“For instance, we hosted the All African Games, the country also hosted Nigeria ’99, another competition was in 2009, and we’ve also hosted lots of major international tournaments, which we did very well.
“I am confident that Nigeria can host any sports event. As it is done everywhere, when you want to host major tournaments like this, all you need to do is to upgrade your facilities and this applies to every hosting nation and we will do the same.”