The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided to put their bid to host the next African Women’s Cup of Nations on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The next Women’s AFCON is set to be staged in November and December of this year, though the Confederation of African (CAF) has yet to name a host nation.
Earlier this year Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea confirmed their interest in hosting the 2020 Women’s AFCON, but the NFF have now put that on the back-burner with all major postponed due to the current crisis.
“The NFF’s priority now is the battle against coronavirus, which is affecting the whole world,” the NFF secretary-general Mohammed Sanusi told the Guardian.
“We want to win the battle by getting a cure so that sporting activities will resume.
“We cannot start discussing or lobbying Caf now for the hosting right of the African Women Championship when there is a global health issue affecting the lives of people every day.
“The NFF will take the appropriate decision on hosting the African championship at the right time.”
The 2020 edition of the Women’s AFCON is set to feature an expanded field of 12 teams. Nigeria have previously hosted the tournament in 1998, 20002 and 2006.