Rwanda Completely Withdraws Bid To Host The 2019 U-17 World Cup

The Rwanda Football Association (RFA) confirmed it has officially withdrawn its bid to host the 2019 Fifa Under 17 World Cup totally.

The Rwanda FA president, Vincent Nzamwita, said their preparations for the event were not up to speed and they are fully ready.

“We had so many things that were not ready or prepared and decided it was only good that we withdraw,” Nzamwita told BBC Sport.

“We however remain ambitious to bid again in the near future,” he revealed.

Rwanda has hosted other big tournaments in the recent past, including the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).

Nzamwita revealed that he had informed Fifa about the recent development.

“After submitting our intent last year to host the tournament, critically we realised that we are left with a few months to the start of the tournament.

“Therefore we did not have enough time to logistically meet the minimum requirements of hosting a successful event,” he added.

He also made it known that the delay by Fifa to carry out their inspection visit to Rwanda also hampered their plans.

The visit was initially set to take place last month but was later postponed to a further date which was yet to be announced.

The 2017 edition of the Under 17 World Cup took place in India with 24 nations taking part.

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