Waiting for word of Fifa hosting rights continues

Football fans will have to wait a little longer to hear if Dunedin has secured hosting rights for the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup, organisers say.

Tournament organising committee chief executive Dave Beeche told the Otago Daily Times from Turkey an announcement on match hosting rights was now expected by the end of the month.

Details of which cities would host games - and how many - had been expected to be revealed last month, but Mr Beeche said the finishing touches were still being added to host agreements.

''It has taken us longer than expected to tie down all the contracts with the seven host cities, but we are nearly there.''

Dunedin remained in the running for matches despite withdrawing an official bid over concerns the city council's share of tournament costs could top $1 million.

Organisers were instead offered use of the Forsyth Barr Stadium at little or no cost to the council, and it was later suggested Dunedin could still be in the running for up to six matches, including a quarterfinal.

- chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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