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Nigeria Awaits Obasanjo OK for 2010 World Cup Bid - 2002-11-23


Nigeria is awaiting only the go-ahead from President Olusegun Obasanjo before launching its bid to host soccer's 2010 World Cup.

Football's world governing body, FIFA, has said the 2010 event will be hosted by an African nation - something that would be a first for the continent. Egypt, Libya, Morocco and South Africa have all said they are keen to stage the tournament. Nigeria's sports minister, Steven Akiga, says Nigeria will not attempt to host the World Cup alone. He says Nigeria will attempt to do a joint bid with some other west African countries. Togo, Ghana and Sierra Leone have all been mentioned as possible candidates.

This year's World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the first time football's premier event was co-hosted. Nigeria bid to host the 2006 World Cup, but withdrew to back South Africa, which eventually lost out to Germany in controversial fashion.

Next year, Nigeria will host the All-Africa Games in its capital, Abuja. The African sports jamboree is scheduled from October 4 to October 18, 2003.

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