Thursday 5 July 2012

Arsenal Postpone Nigeria Trip

Arsenal FC has today announced the postponement of the trip to Nigeria which was originally billed for August 5th, 2012. The Arsenal first team was slated to play the Nigerian national team at the National Stadium in Abuja on the last leg of it's pre-season tour.

The club in a statement on the club's official website blamed "complexities linked to the planned game against Nigeria..."

"Bringing a top-level club to an international market is always complicated and logistically challenging. With the proposed match in Nigeria planned for early August, we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the team’s visit," said Angus Kinnear, the Director of Marketing.

“We have a huge and loyal following in Africa, and we are sorry that the team will not be visiting this summer. However, we have a long-term commitment to Nigeria and we are already making plans for a visit next summer."

Next summer! That's scant consolation for all the fans (me included) who have been looking forward to that trip since it was mooted at the end of last season.

I think at the back of my mind I've always suspected this will happen; the club hasn't said so but the security situation in the country has to be the reason for calling of the game and who can blame them?

That's another victory for Boko Haram without a bomb being planted.

Nigeria! I hail thee.

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