Date: 6th July 2012 at 9:40am
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Arsenal have announced that they have reluctantly postponed their pre season friendly in Nigeria. The Gunners were due to take on the Nigerian national side in Abuja on August 5th, but the club have now postponed the tour until next year. The arrangement of the friendly was rather arduous to arrange, with discussions and arrangements going on for some months before the game was finally arranged.

It seemed the difficult administrative process had been countered. Arsenal had even made plans to fly heart screening machinery over to Nigeria. But Marketing Director Angus Kinnear confirmed on Arsenal.com yesterday that the logistical concerns had become insurmountable, “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.”