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Lagos willing to host U-20 W’Cup – Gov

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GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has assured officials of world football-governing body, FIFA that the Centre of Excellence has the will and the capacity to ensure it meets the requirements for hosting the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals next year.

Speaking when he received an inspection team from FIFA and including officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in his office yesterday, Sanwo-Olu affirmed the state’s readiness to meet the high standards of FIFA in areas of accommodation, security, logistics and crowd management as host.

“We want to use sport as an engaging tool, as a corrective narrative to show that the positive energy of the youth can indeed take a society to a high level. I want to assure you that we are ready to meet your high standards in areas of accommodation, security, logistics and crowd management, and also savour that unique experience of hosting a FIFA tournament.”

The governor described the estimated 22 million people of Lagos as resourceful, dynamic and full of positive energy.

He noted that the strength of the state lay in its diversity and a youth population driven by the will to succeed.

“I want you to see Lagos State as a partner that understands that your next tournament must be better than the last. We will make sure to upgrade facilities wherever this is required,”

He described President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who is a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Member of Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, as “a resourceful, award-winning, never-say-die, self-driven and strong believer in the Nigerian Project.”

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State was excited to be included in the plan to host the first-ever FIFA women’s tournament in Africa, and would do everything to make Nigeria and Africa proud.

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