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FIFA Considers Nigeria For U20 Women’s World Cup Hosting

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Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) is considering a bid from Nigeria for the hosting rights of the U20 Women’s World Cup for next year.
India and South Korea submitted bids for the 2020 U20 Women’s World Cup with the former named the 2020 U17 Women’s World Cup hosts in March.
Now, Fifa is reportedly looking beyond the Asian continent for the host of the U20 women’s event, hence Nigeria has a chance to become the first to stage a Fifa women’s tournament in Africa.
Sources close to Nigerian government authorities have disclosed that a bid was submitted following the reopening of the bidding process which initially elapsed last September.
In 2009, Nigeria successfully staged the 13th edition of the Fifa U17 World Cup which was won by Switzerland, with the Golden Eaglets finishing as runners-up, a success they aim to leverage on.
“We’ve [Nigeria] tendered a bid to host the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup and we believe we stand a bright chance of winning the hosting rights,” a source told  newsmen.
“It has been a while, about 10 years now that we last hosted a major tournament. We think getting to host this tournament will be the beginning of great things for Nigeria sports, not just football.
“Many will be worried about Ahmad Ahmad and Amaju Pinnick’s fallout at Caf but Nigeria still has a strong presence in the international community of football. Let’s wait and see”, he said.
Corroborating development, a top NFF official close to Fifa confirmed officials of the world governing body are scheduled to visit the country next month for an inspection.
“Fifa are indeed considering handing Nigeria hosting rights of the 2020 U-20 Women’s World Cup,” the NFF official  said.
“Fifa are also sending their officials here for an inspection tour in August and they will also support us to host with at least $4m.
“This will not be a burden to the Nigeria government when you eventually get the hosting rights. It’s an opportunity to develop our sporting infrastructures across the country”, he said.
Nigeria has participated in all the previous nine editions of the 16-nation competition and progressed to the final twice, before losing to Germany on the two occasions.
Japan are the defending champions of the U20 Women’s World Cup following their 3-1 final triumph over Spain in France in 2018.

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S’Eagles’ Coach Backs Alex Iwobi To Succeed At Everton

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Alex Iwobi has the potential to become a key figure for Premier League side, Everton, according to Nigeria national team assistant coach, Imama Amapakabo.
The 23-year-old joined the Toffees on a five-year deal from Arsenal for a fee of an initial £28million deal – which could rise to £34million with add-ons.
Iwobi has yet to make his debut for Everton (he remained on the bench for the duration of the win over Watford at Goodison Park this past weekend) but he should see regular playing time for the Merseyside club.
And his move has been given a ringing endorsement from Amapakabo, who is Gernot Rohr’s right-hand man with the Super Eagles.
“I think he has been able to prove himself that he’s a good player, he didn’t just sell himself to Everton, they came for him knowing the reason why they came for him and the role he’s going to play for them,” Amakarkabo told newsmen.
“The league just started in England, let’s give him some time we will be able to have a discussion with anyone that will doubt Iwobi’s capabilities.
“He is a young lad, and he has his football ahead of him so, let us give him all the backing that we need to give him, hopefully at the end of the season, we would be able to take stock of how well he has fared with Everton.”

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Olympic Qualifiers: Injury Scare For S’Falcons’ Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala has given an untimely injury scare for Nigeria after the striker picked up a knock in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Montpelier.
The Super Falcons are due to be in action on August 28 when they take on Algeria in the second round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers before a reserve team fixture in Lagos on September 3.
Oshoala is one of the six foreign professional players invited by Thomas Dennerby for the crucial ties with the North Africans, but Sunday’s incident could see the West Africans miss her services.
The 25-year-old scored her seventh goal in four games, including the friendly’s winner against the French outfit, but was replaced in the 81st minute after suffering a knock. However, the three-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year responded on social media to denounce tensions as she declared herself fit following concerns raised by football fans.
On Monday, a top source corroborated the response of the former Liverpool and Arsenal star, noting, “I’ve confirmed. It’s just a cramp. She is in good shape and okay”.
Tidesports understands the gaffer may be forced to face The Fennecs without the services of his foreign players, largely due to constraints of securing their entry visas to Algeria in good time.
With only six expected from overseas for the home tie, Dennerby is in a race against time to raise a squad from largely inexperienced home-based players, with first leg just a week away.
The Swede is keen to lead the country to the Olympic women’s football event for the first time since 2008 after he led them to the Women’s World Cup Last 16 for the first time in 20 years.
The availability of Oshoala will no doubt be a huge boost in the Super Falcons’ bid to avoid suffering an early exit from the ongoing African qualifying tournament this time.

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First Deaf Player Wins ATP Tour Match

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South Korea’s Lee Duck-hee has become the first deaf player to win a match in the main draw of a tournament on the ATP Tour.
The 21-year-old, who is ranked 212th in the world, beat Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen 7-6 6-1 at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina.
“People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn’t be playing,” said Lee.
“I wanted to show everyone that I could do this.”
He added: “My message for people who are hearing impaired is to not be discouraged. If you try hard, you can do anything.”
Lee does not communicate with sign language but instead uses lip-reading.
During his post-match interview, his fiancee, Soopin assisted him, clarifying answers for reporters in English.
Britain’s Andy Murray is among players to have come out in support of Lee, adding it must be “difficult” to play without being able to “pick up the speed of the ball” by hearing the sound.
“It’s obviously a huge disadvantage, so to be able to do what he’s doing is a huge effort,” said the 32-year-old, who lost in the first round in North Carolina as he continues his return to singles action after injury.
“We [tennis players] use our ears a lot to pick things up.”
Lee, who faces third seed Hubert Hurkacz in the next round, played his first ATP Challenger Tour event aged 14.
He played mainly in Asia before switching to hard courts in the US, reaching his first final in three years at Little Rock in June.

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