Sunday, July 8, 2012

Arsenal FC tour to Nigeria this year cancelled

Arsenal Football Club of England will no longer visit Nigeria this summer as planned earlier.

The Club made the announcement on its official website ( on Thursday evening.

"Arsenal.... is reluctantly postponing its proposed trip to Nigeria this summer", the statement reads in part.

Reasons :
The Club claimed it took the decision as a result of complexities linked to the planned game against Nigeria on Saturday, August 5 in Abuja.

Arsenal marketing director, Angus Kinnear said: "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."

Kinnear continued: "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."

Emirates are the presenting partner of the Arsenal 2012 Tour and Boutros Boutros, divisional senior vice-president of corporate communications said: "Emirates shares

Arsenal's disappointment that the team's visit to Nigeria has been postponed."

He added: "We look forward to working with Arsenal to bring the Club closer to its loyal Nigerian fans through new initiatives over the coming months."

Arsenal's decision to make such an eleventh hour turnaround is not going down well with their teaming supporters in the country, as some who spoke on the issue expressed disappointment with the team's inability to keep to its promise.

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