The coordinator of Nigeria’s bid to host the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, Mainasara Illo says the Nest of Champions is “the best facility” in the country and “the best offered to FIFA” for the competition.
Illo while speaking to busybuddiesng.com on Wednesday revealed that the five-man FIFA team delegated to inspect the stadium had no complaints after having a feel of the main bowl and training pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
“I’m impressed that we have had very few questions from the FIFA inspectors meaning that they are satisfied with all they have seen.
“They’ve also tested all the systems including safety and security requirements, facilities for spectators and various client groups like the VIPS, media and so on and absolutely there has been no complaints whatsoever,” he said.
The five-man FIFA delegation last night accessed selected hotels that will accommodate players and officials in the State Capital and will inspect the Ikot Ekpene Stadium, West Itam Secondary school pitch today, Thursday. The team also hinted on seeing the University of Uyo mini stadium.
Each match centre is expected by FIFA to have at least two training pitches alongside the match venue.
Nigeria’s bid Coordinator also revealed that everything had been done to meet FIFA’s requirements for hosting the world cup but however stated that the report given to FIFA by its delegated inspectors will determine Nigeria’s fate.
“We have done our best to handle this part of it (meeting FIFA’s requirements) and the other parts of it will be dependent on the quality of report submitted by the inspection team to the organizing committee but to the best of our knowledge, we have taken consideration of all the requirements of FIFA and we have done our best in every area you can think of.”
Illo believes Nigeria can be more than ready to host the world come September 2019.
“One thing to note is that this competition is not tomorrow or next week we still have about one year to prepare for things and I believe that is more than enough for us to accomplish more than 100 percent readiness,” he explained.
He further went on to paint his thoughts on the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
“It’s beautiful. I have seen it before and seeing it again every time I am here is a privilege and I think absolutely it is simply the best facility we have around and it is the best facility we are offering to FIFA,” Illo concluded.
Nigeria is bidding to host the age-grade women’s competition scheduled for next year and will become the first African country to host the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup if they win the bid.