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Nigeria Will be Hosting the 2020 Under-20 Women's World Cup

It is the first African country to be awarded the hosting rights for the tournament by FIFA.

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has awarded the hosting rights for the 10th edition of the Under-20 Women's World Cup to be held in 2020, to Nigeria. According to the Premium Times, sporting officials from Zurich are set to visit Nigeria in August to make an assessment of the country's preparedness in terms of infrastructure and security.


The President of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has since confirmed that the country has been selected to host the tournament saying, "It is an achievement for Nigeria and the Federation as well because, for some years now, Nigeria has not been able to host any international event." Pinnick went on to add that, "Now we have one with us and the preparation starts now. [We are] hopeful an inspection team will arrive any time next month to tour the four stadiums that will be used for the competitions."

After both India and South Korea submitted bids to host the tournament and subsequently withdrew them, Nigeria will now become the first African country to ever host the tournament. In the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Under-20 Women's World Cup, Nigeria's Falconets reached the finals but ultimately lost out to Germany in both instances.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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