Arsenal cancel friendly with Nigeria

Updated: 06 July 2012 09:47 IST

Arsenal cancelled its first trip to Nigeria and a preseason friendly against the national team set for August 5 in Abuja.

Arsenal cancel friendly with Nigeria
©

London:

Arsenal cancelled its first trip to Nigeria and a preseason friendly against the national team set for August 5 in Abuja.

It was to be Arsenal's first trip to Africa in 18 years, but "complexities" caused the trip to put off, Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement on Thursday.

Kinnear said they plan to visit Nigeria next year.

The announcement came days after an explosion near a popular mall in Abuja. There were no casualties.

However, the incident has heightened security fears in a capital that has been targeted by radical Islamist insurgents in the past.

The Gunners will still tour Asia to play a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 24, English Premier League champion Manchester City in Beijing on July 27 and Kitchee FC in Hong Kong on July 29.

Topics : Football Arsenal Chelsea Nigeria
Related Articles
Premier League: Christian Eriksen's Stunner Fires Spurs, Arsenal Beat Leicester
Premier League: Christian Eriksen's Stunner Fires Spurs, Arsenal Beat Leicester
Premier League: Half-Ton Diego Costa Gives Chelsea Breathing Room
Premier League: Half-Ton Diego Costa Gives Chelsea Breathing Room
Subrata Paul Suspended For Dope Taint, Will Go For 'B' Sample Test
Subrata Paul Suspended For Dope Taint, Will Go For 'B' Sample Test
Show Comments
Advertisement