President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF), Amaju Pinnick believes that the proposed hosting of the FIFA U-20 women’s world cup would allow Nigeria to discover new football stars in the country.
Nigeria is likely to get the go ahead from the world football governing body to stage the tournament, haven visited the country to inspect the level of facilities on ground .
Pinnick said the tournament will enable the country to show the world their cultural heritage , before adding that staging the tournament in Nigeria will help the discover new set of players.
He said, ‘Events like these show the other side of Nigeria to a lot of foreigners who do not see in their news cycles so it is usually a chance to tell our stories to the world, as opposed to the world telling our stories to us.”
‘’Then the most important aspect of these competitions, in my point of view, is the emergence of new football stars.
‘’Tournaments like these are fast-track stages for the new Mercy Akide-Udoh, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala to announce themselves to the world.’’
Nigeria has hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup and its U-17 equivalent in 1999 and 2009 respectively.