World football governing body FIFA has now set August 7 as the new date for the Draw Ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals, which Nigeria will host October/November this year.
The ceremony, usually the first big event for an upcoming tournament, will take place at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
On Tuesday, the various sub â€“committees set up for the successful running of the work of the Local Organizing Committee, â€˜Nigeria 2009â€™ were inaugurated in Abuja.
Few days ago, FIFA decided that eight venues will now be used for the threeâ€“week, 24 â€“nation tournament, and included Warri and Kaduna in the list of prospective cities that will host the world. Others are Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Calabar, Enugu, Kano and Abuja.
Ten years ago when Nigeria hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals, eight cities were deployed: Lagos, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Ibadan, Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu.