Arsenal have announced that the pre-season game against the Nigerian national team has been postponed citing ‘complexities’ in the organisation.
The club were due to play in the Abuja National Stadium on August 5th but the club’s marketing director Angus Kinnear explained, “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.”
“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.
“In addition, we also have some exciting forthcoming activities planned with our commercial partners in Nigeria – Emirates, Airtel and Malta Guinness, which will kick off in the next few weeks.”
Fans in Africa will be hugely disappointed at the news and last week there were news stories suggesting the stadium would not be fit for purpose in time for Arsenal’s visit. It seems there was more than a hint of truth to those.