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Nigeria to Meet FIFA Leaders over U-17 Soccer Championship
    2008-11-24 19:42:09     Xinhua
Top Nigerian sports officials are expected on Wednesday to meet with the leadership of the world football governing body, FIFA on the 2009 World Under-17 Championship.

Ademola Olajire, Chief Media Officer of the Nigeria Football Federation said the Nigerian delegation would meet with FIFA President Joseph Blatter and General Secretary Jerome Valcke in Zurch to discuss the matter, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said the meeting would be on obtaining certainty from the Nigerian side and harmonizing issues over next year's FIFA Under-17 World Cup. He explained that though, FIFA knows Nigeria will still host the tournament, but it wants this meeting in view of demands by the Nigerian government that it (FIFA) should provide some support.

The Nigerian officials are expected at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland late Tuesday.

Nigeria was handed the championship's hosting right last year but the Nigerian federal government last month submitted a letter to FIFA that it would no longer be able to host.

The government cited the astronomical cost of hosting of the event as its reason, but following pleas from many quarters and a scaling down of the cost, the government rescinded its decision.

The Local Organizing Committee has since then been placed under the office of the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan.


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