After India and South Korea withdrew their bids to host the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria are now favorites in the bidding process. The Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) welcomed a five-man inspection team from FIFA for a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment the country has put forward to host the 10th edition of the championship next year.
Tournaments hosting requires proper planning, especially that of bigger magnitude such as the World Cup, Olympic Games or Commonwealth Games. These events have a trickle-down effect impacting the economy financial and improving sports in the country.
The last time Nigeria hosted an international football event of this caliber was the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and previously the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup so we are no strangers to this. Of course, there is pride to be the first African country to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level, however, what does the country stand to gain from this?
In a country where Boko Haram is a menace, Herdsmen violence cases remain unsolved, will it be wise to entertain the players and supporters from 15 different countries, with a possible national embarrassment on the horizon?
Financially, women’s football suffers in attendance compared to men across the world, there will be benefits to hosting such an event but will it impact our orientation and attitude towards women’s football?
Electricity is a major problem in Nigeria, at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup there were several blackouts and power outages. Most host stadiums in 2009 are dilapidated and will require huge financial aids to resuscitate to FIFA standard hence another means for corrupt politicians to embezzle public funds.
Nigeria is a third world country maybe it is time we realize it and face the development of our country rather than clamoring for international events. What does Nigeria stand to gain by hosting the 2019 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup? Join the conversation