Nigeria Confirms Bid To Host 2020 Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations
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Nigeria Confirms Bid To Host 2020 Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed its interest in hosting the 2020 edition of the women's Africa Cup of Nations.

Following the Republic of Congo's withdrawal from hosting of the 12-team event last year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been in a race to find a host for the finals.

With just over ten months to the staging of the tournament, Nigeria has been confirmed as one of the countries hoping to get the hosting rights.

‪"We've formally written to CAF about the interest to host the event," Ademola Olajire, NFF's Director of Communications, told BBC Sport.‬

‪"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."

The last time Nigeria hosted a major tournament was in 2009 when they hosted the Under-17 World Cup, 10 years after the country hosted the under-20 version.

The West Africans who are the defending champions in the women's game had previously hosted and won the Women's Nations Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

CAF president, Ahmad, confirmed in a chat with French radio station, RFI, that Equatorial Guinea is also interested in hosting the event before adding that a final decision will be made at its next executive committee meeting on January 15.‬

If Nigeria's bid to host the women's showpiece event is approved, it is reported that the games will potentially be staged in Lagos, Benin City, Asaba and Uyo.

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