Nigeria confirmed as Arsenal friendly opponents

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Arsenal will play Nigeria after organisers DanJan finally confirmed their international opponents for the pre-season friendly in Abuja National Stadium on 5th August.

The visit will represent the first time the Gunners have travelled to Africa since Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996 and forms the concluding leg of the 2012 Asia tour. The club’s previous match on the continent, a 2-0 win over Manchester United, took place in South Africa in July, 1993.

Nigeria, currently ranked 60th in the world, should make for an exciting challenge for Arsenal with Stephen Keshi’s side brimming with talent plying their trade across Europe.

Speaking about the fixture, David Omigie of organisers DanJan Sports revealed:

“The NFF have agreed that the country will present a strong side as coach Stephen Keshi continues his development process.

“The Arsenal manager [Arsene Wenger] will also use this game to showcase his full squad for the 2012/2013 football season.”

Arsenal’s visit represents a great opportunity for the club’s burgeoning support in west Africa to watch their heroes in the flesh for the first time and lays the groundwork for expanding the club’s brand across the globe.

 

Arsenal’s pre-season friendly schedule

Saturday 14th July
The Markus Liebherr Cup
Vs Anderlecht*, KO 6.45pm
Vs Southampton, KO 8pm
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Tuesday 24th July
Vs Malaysia XI, KO – 2.45PM UK time
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

Friday 27th July
Vs Manchester City, KO – 2PM UK time
‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium, Beijing.

Sunday 29th July
Vs Kitchee FC, KO – 10AM UK time
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong.

Sunday 5th August
Vs Nigeria, KO – TBC
Abuja National Stadium, Nigeria.

Sunday 12th August
Vs FC Cologne, KO 4PM UK time
Rhein Energie Stadium, Germany.

* SPL side Rangers had been penciled in as opponents, although due to their well publicised financial problems Southampton have confirmed that they have now been replaced by the Belgians.

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Michael

Hey Andrew

Anderlecht have replaced Rangers in the Markus Liebherr Cup.

http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10280~2823701,00.html

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

it’s a bit different to playing some Austrian 2nd division sides I suppose…

let’s hope diaby doesn’t come back with deep vein thrombosis

ontheup
ontheup

The RVP situation must be resolved before then because if not it’s going to be a drag on the tours.

ontheup
ontheup

Can anyone think of other Nigerian Arsenal players besides Kanu?

Vilaroud

Mikel,victor moses,peter odemwinge,kalu uche,joseph yobo.but those might not play cos they would be having preseason friendly with their various clubs

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I think he said Nigerian Arsenal players, not Nigerian players. But, no, I can’t think of any others.

Vilaroud

My bad didnt read past the first line.

goldcannongoonerbang
goldcannongoonerbang

heh. there is only one line.

eddymc2
eddymc2

Kanu’s the only Nigerian to have played for Arsenal (I know this because he was a sporting hero of mine as a child and I started supporting Arsenal when he joined from Inter). Adebayor may or may not count though: his parents (and by extension, last name) are Nigerian. But you know, that’s only if you count Podolski as Polish rather than German.

Alan
Alan

Chuks Aneke is of Nigerian descent I believe, although has played for England at youth levels.

Ty
Ty

…only a little over 2 weeks till I can see The Arsenal (in some form) play again. Time cannot move fast enough

NigeriangUn

I know its only a friendly but who will i support,interesting but its arsenal all the way,waiting to see Giroud,Rvp and co not on tv but live.gunners till the trumpet is blown

Ezigbo onyearse
Ezigbo onyearse

Welcome to my crib gunners!

Gandalf
Gandalf

Just waiting for the pre season and next season to start should be interesting considering our new bought talents!

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Gosh the super eagles vs the best team in the world, am going for the arse, love the Arsenal more than any other football team.

But it’s gonna be awesome seeing my team play live in my country. COYG!

And thanks to the manager and the management for doing us proud here in Nigeria(Arsenal fans).

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Wow!!! Can’t wait. Welcome Arsenal

ibk

Whao… I cant wait 2 see Arsenal fc playing here in Nigeria. Welcom, welcom, welcom……. Up GUNNERS!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

To all the fans in Nigeria:
Have a great time watching the Arse in the flesh. 🙂

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

…but that’s enough about Giroud, have a great time watching Arsenal!

BOOM BOOM! TSCH!

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM

Take his wife. Please.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Heh, sorry. I realised I’d set that up for myself and couldn’t resist.

Ugogunner
Ugogunner

Chukwuemeka Aneke is a Nigerian Arsenal youth player

gooner from bangladesh
gooner from bangladesh

Awwh man I’m jealous. Arsenal should travel to India and Bangladesh once, I really wanna see them up front. Canada or USA works as well, that’s where I’ll be in 1 and half years.

Onoja
Onoja

the picture of the stadium used here is old by more than 10 years. get us the latest Abuja pix to show to the world that Nigeria is up to it.

AiKhuemelo, Solomon
AiKhuemelo, Solomon

By God’s grace I would be there live at Abuja,though, I would have love the match be staged in Lagos.

meerr
meerr

My fear is that the friendly would be called off because of boko haram wahala,This is a great concern security wise.

uncle-sam
uncle-sam

After watching Arsenal in Highbury & Emirates is now time for me to see them in my country Nigeria. Gunners let’s pray for a successful and trouble free visit. Can’t wait to see you guys…Gunner4Life!

igbojionu uchenna
igbojionu uchenna

waoh! finally my darling arsenal will be here in abuja and i will watch them flesh and blood. i wish the clock will run faster. august 5 is a lovely day. i hope there will be enough security for them becos of the evil men boko haram. not nigerian police becos they are incompetent but british police. i dont want anything to happen to any of the player and coaching staff. arsenal is my life.

babselectron
babselectron

It’s great AFC will be facing the Super Eagles,because none our Local club side would have brought forth strong challenge.I can’t wait till then.I strongly feel Lagos would have been the ideal center because AFC owners would definitely be shocked to the marrows the extent of support and AFC supporters in our commercial capital .we’re however booking our flight and already making hotel reservation in abuja though!I don’t care where it’s played am watching my boyz live+i’ll be routing for just one team that day,ARSENAL!no single doubt about that. We welcome AFC to the Land of abundant opportunity! EKAABO(Welcome)

omoluabi
omoluabi

This is great.my country vs my club.i’m a true gunner but i will put my country first.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

then you’re not a true gunner…

ontheup
ontheup

It’s a friendly Merlin. It’s ok.

Save 75 cents
Save 75 cents

Come and play in America.

CAGooner
CAGooner

See you at Home Depot Center next summer?

derp
derp

Isn’t Frimpong Nigerian through family?

DEEENNNCCHHH

Adham
Adham

Frimpong is Ghanaian. He’s always talking about Essien and other Ghanaian players.

igbojionu uchenna
igbojionu uchenna

arsenal vs super eagles! am not confused as to who to support. i will of course support my darling club – arsenal. arsenal comes first. forget patrotism in this case. 07034595928.

sJ
sJ

what on earth are you leaving your phone number for

Arsenalkid700
Arsenalkid700

Does anyone know if any other big clubs have travled to Nigeria before (In the last decade) because if not than this is an amazing marketing idea for Arsenal.

Leite

MAN.U and Portsmoth did it,the season they(MAN.U) won the League and portsmoth won the Fa cup,they both came and played each other with some Nigeria clubs

awg
awg

weLCome to MalaYsia.. 🙂

Ib

I’m happy to have my darling arsenal play against my country’s team. But i’m afraid, the state of security in nigeria is frightening. Boko haram (a terrorist group) are bombing every northern part of nigeria which Abuja is a part of. Since arsenal insisted on a state of art medical centre to be put in place i hope that same is case for security.

ETID
ETID

Its ok ross kemp is going with team to keep the boro hakam in check…..hell piss em!

seriously though i have been to nigeria and i understand why arsenal wpuld go there but i also cannot believe they are

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cromulus
cromulus

Fuck those Boko haram cunts. Long live Fela Kuti and The Arse!

Frog
Frog

Who’s this bukake terrorist you speak of? Do they line up and fire one at a time?

Arsenalized
Arsenalized

I hope Arsene Wenger and Arsenal management are aware that due to the worsening security situation in Abuja and the north of the country, all Nigeria national team matches for Nations cup and world cup qualifiers have been moved to Calabar Stadium indefinitely!!!!!!!
I wonder if the interpol, Scotland yard, her majesty’s army and US marines will be brought in to secure Abuja from suicide bombers!!!

I suggest this match be moved to Calabar like all other major sporting events have all been moved to Calabar already.

Just because my dear team lacks ambition and the will to win throphy, does not justify them becoming bomb materials for the cowardly Boko Haram sponge heads!!!

ibjongos
ibjongos

f**k bokoharam. if they dare harm even squilla_shit, there will be serious trouble for the whole nation from arsenal fans. But i dont foresee any problems ‘cos even if the bokoharam cunts hate nigeria, many of them are still arsenal fans (except they just might want to give squilla_shit a special pay-back). Above all though, its going to be a lovely ‘hot’ day; my lovely country vs my darling arsenal, spoilt for choice. But i know arsenal will take it easy on us ‘cos we are just #60 in world rank playing against the best in the whole universe.

Die Hard Gunner
Die Hard Gunner

Can’t wait! Hmmm…sounds interesting… Arsenal in my country, it’s like when a kid has been promised a big birthday present…..*anxious*.