Ghana lose out on hosting U17 World Cup

Published on: 04 March 2011

Ghana have lost out in their quest to host the U17 World Cup in 2013 after the United Arab Emirates were handed the rights by Fifa.

The West African country applied to host the tournament but their interest waned.

A delegation which was expected to formally present the bid to Fifa in Zurich failed to travel even though the country did not formally withdraw its bid.

This came even though government had initially given its blessing for Ghana to host the tournament.

But some key members of the ruling NDC party like Ade Coker kicked against the bid insisting the country has more pressing problems.

Fifa thus decided to give the tournament to the UAE who have the facilities and are ready to host it.

Meanwhile, Fifa has chosen Canada to host the women's World Cup in 2015.

Canada was the only candidate after Zimbabwe withdrew from the contest because of its lack of infrastructure.

Canada will also host the women's under-20 World Cup in 2014 as a test event.

Fifa also awarded hosting rights for the men's U20 World Cup to Turkey in 2013 and New Zealand in 2015.

The men's U17 World Cup will be staged in Chile in 2015.

Uzbekistan was chosen by Fifa's executive committee to host the women's U20 World Cup in 2012.

Costa Rica will host the women's U17 World Cup in 2014.


  • Billymoore
    says: 8 years ago
    Ghana didn't lose out. We withdrew because government was not willing to support the bid. Get the facts right.
  • Abrantie - In Da house
    says: 8 years ago
    People like Ade Coker are like poison who are ready to kill anything that can improve the nation!! What is more important than building infrastructure? The government's only duty is to build more infrastructure and protect them, and the rest shall be added unto it by the layman, and other groups of profession. In Fact, there are a whole bunch of cowards and egoists in this present government who will do anything to halt development in the country. They only think about their pockets and nothing else.