The Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, was handed over to FIFA for the Under-17 Football World Cup, beginning October 6. Local organising committee tournament director Javier Ceppi, who arrived at Margao yesterday along with other officials, inspected the stadium and was satisfied.
The stadium will be managed by the FIFA team from now on, executive director of Sports Authority of Goa, Prabhu Dessai, said.
With a capacity of 19,000, the stadium is the smallest of all stadiums hosting the Under-17 World Cup.
The stadium will play host to European giants Germanny and Asia’s formidable side Iran respectively. Joining them will be the West African nation of Guinea and the Central American team of Costa Rica.
The stadium will also host two Round of 16 encounters as well as a quarter-final match.