The Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has extended invitation to the country’s anti-corruption agencies such as the EFCC, ICPC and Nigeria Police to head the compliance committee for the Nigeria 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
In a series of tweets on his twitter handle, @pinnickamaju, the former CAF 1st Vice President spoke on the country’s bidding processes as well as the expected gains.
“It has been a pretty interesting last few weeks for Nigerian football. The Super Eagles moved up 12 spots in the FIFA rankings, our national team players are making moves to be more competitive in club football & our Super Falcons have started the journey to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
“Certainly interesting times ahead. In keeping with this, the Federal Government of Nigeria has also endorsed our FIFA Under-20 Female World Cup project and we are totally committed to hosting a beautiful showcase for women’s football.
“The benefits of hosting world class events and tournaments have been thrashed in a lot of conversations. From the provision of new facilities to the upgrading of existing facilities; both sporting and otherwise to the massive boost in the local economy, these events also act as windows to the world.
“Events like these show the side of Nigeria a lot of foreigners 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.
“From the start of this process to the end of it, we will be as transparent as we possibly can.
“To that effect, we are hoping a top Czar from any of our anti-corruption agencies; the EFCC, ICPC or the Nigeria Police, will head our compliance committee for the NIGERIA 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
“Hopefully, with the support of all Nigerians, we will deliver a worthy tournament for our women.
“Finally, we have secured a Grade A international friendly match for the Super Eagles against the Ukraine in Kiev, on the 10th of September. It is part of our on-going drive to expose as many players as we can to global football, so this should be another springboard for our young stars.
“I’d like to personally thank my colleagues on the board of the Nigeria Football Federation for their continued support. I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. They truly make the job easier.
“Huge appreciation to my esteemed Congress members, as well as our private partners in football and other football stakeholders.
“Then I’d like to thank you, Nigerians, for your support as well. Our football is not where we want it to be, but be very assured; we are getting there.
“It can be a slow, torturous journey sometimes, but we will get there, God willing.
“Your criticism and praises are like the wind beneath our sails. We welcome them always. Thank you,” he concluded.
It will be recalled that the country is bidding to host the 2020 U-20 world cup and the inspection team from FIFA were in the country to access the sporting facilities in the proposed states.