Nigeria’s bid to become the first African country to stage a global women’s tournament as been shut down after FIFA announce Central America countries Costa Rica and Panama as the host of the 2020 U20 Women’s World Cup.
On Friday, FIFA confirmed that the women’s tournament will be co-hosted by Costa Rica and Panama after a series of successful meetings and inspections last month.
This means that Nigeria’s hopes of being the first African country to host the global show piece has been dashed as a result of its inability to meet Fifa conditions since an inspection in August.
Fifa’s chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith told the press: “We would like to thank the Costa Rican and Panamanian football associations for their commitment towards women’s football and the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup in particular. We are looking forward to a fantastic competition in August.”
Corroborating Smith, Sarai Bareman, Fifa’s chief women’s football officer said: “After the highly successful Fifa Women’s World Cup in France this year, it is important that we build on the momentum at all levels of the game.
“The U20WWC in Costa Rica and Panama next year is a perfect opportunity for us to continue driving the popularity of the game and with it being the first jointly hosted tournament – we can make the impact even greater”.
With hosting right settled, FIFA is expected to give information on the number of stadiums that will host the World Cup matches, the dates for the tournament and the match schedule.
This is the second time Costa Rica will host the Women’s World Cup after staging the U17 tournament in 2014 which was won by Japan.
This is the first time a Fifa women’s competition will be organised in two countries, in which 16 teams will take part in the 10th edition of the tournament next year.