" />
Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Russia is ready to host  World Cup- Infantino insists

FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted on Tuesday that Russia is ready to host the World Cup later this year, despite reports that several stadiums have failed to meet completion deadlines.

President of FIFA Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference at the end of the FIFA executive football summit in Lagos, on February 20, 2018. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Russia will host the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 across 11 cities.

“Russia is 99 percent ready to host the World Cup, they are putting the last finishing touches and everyone who is going to Russia will have a fantastic time,” Infantino said at a press briefing in Lagos after a FIFA summit.

“Arrangements are all in place to make it a great experience.”

The FIFA boss said the focus of the summit in Lagos was to improve age-grade competitions, while he also praised hosts Nigeria for their success in such tournaments.

Nigeria have won the under-17 World Cup a record five times, beginning with the inaugural edition in 1985 in China.

On Monday, Infantino was honoured with a special award by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

© 2018, Hallmarknews. All rights reserved. Reference and link to this site is required if you wish to reuse any article.

Reactions from Facebook

comments and opinions

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>