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Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by KayDee4: 7:38pm On Jul 05, 2012
Arsenal Football Club has announced it is reluctantly postponing its proposed trip to Nigeria this summer.

The Club has taken 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. We look forward to working with Arsenal to bring the Club closer to its loyal Nigerian fans through new initiatives over the coming months.”

All further updates on Arsenal’s future activities in Nigeria will be communicated on www.Arsenal.com.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-postpone-pre-season-game-in-nigeria

The fear of Boko ? ? ? undecided undecided undecided

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by scopusng(m): 7:43pm On Jul 05, 2012
Chei see wetin Boko haram don do to us now.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Nobody: 7:45pm On Jul 05, 2012
Thank God. That's one less thing Nigerians have to worry about.

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Korrection(m): 8:01pm On Jul 05, 2012
abeg make dem dey there jor....weti dem wan come do 4 naija....??

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by purefella(m): 8:03pm On Jul 05, 2012
Good make boko haram no go wipe out the whole team! grin Because boko haram is all after upgrading their name .If people don dey forget about them small. Dem go quickly do another one cheesy animals among us

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by valacious(m): 8:03pm On Jul 05, 2012
See what d 'born to rule' mentality of some select few have caused us as a nation. Or, are we pretending they arent scared of boko haram too? D earlier we divide dis nation, d better. The northern folks are slowing dis nations development. This is 2012 for heaven's sake!
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Nobody: 8:05pm On Jul 05, 2012
Too bad to postpone after much has been said. Why? Why? Why? They shouldn't make us loss faith in the club o.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by chiwob(m): 8:07pm On Jul 05, 2012
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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Nobody: 8:08pm On Jul 05, 2012
boko haram don haram arsenal tour.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by babsomotde(m): 8:11pm On Jul 05, 2012
God kill all boko haram members and their sponsors. They should play nigeria and let's see if the guys are really going to beat the arsenal team. I don't think so but I still dey support my beloved Naija.
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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by eghost247(m): 8:12pm On Jul 05, 2012
Safety First
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by KayDee4: 8:14pm On Jul 05, 2012
we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements
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Security issues I suppose. undecided undecided

I don't blame them, I wldnt have gone to watch if I was closeby anyway.
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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by rawtruth(m): 8:26pm On Jul 05, 2012
. Abuja shouldn't have been made one of d venues, Calabar, Lagos, Enugu, Benin, Ibadan, Àbeokuta, Owerri, Makurdi, or even ABA, could have served whatever commercial purpose that is involved. At least Kidnappers are easier to handle than suicide bombers.

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by kcsider: 8:29pm On Jul 05, 2012
if this Boko people dey fight corruption. Na only 3 months i give all gawmt officials to straighten up. I de look forward to a day wey boko, bakasi, opc, egbesu go join fight gawmt officials and klin dis country from corruption
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by generalgonz: 8:29pm On Jul 05, 2012
purefella: Good make boko haram no go wipe out the whole team! grin Because boko haram is all after upgrading their name .If people don dey forget about them small. Dem go quickly do another one cheesy animals among us
GOD less u 4 dat talk thr ar lookin for attention
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by JideTheBlogger(m): 8:30pm On Jul 05, 2012
this Arsenal self.. cry cry cry
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by wisdomolusola: 8:34pm On Jul 05, 2012
They have some similarites . Arsenal, kofi Haram and Boko Haram themselves. One should bow for the other. I had however envisaged this. Good thought from my lovely club!
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Tstark(m): 9:07pm On Jul 05, 2012
^^^^^^^
They were never going to play their first team against Nigeria anyway
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by xeryve(m): 9:12pm On Jul 05, 2012
Boko Haram is a major factor. But then, it sounds ridiculous that they were bringing Arsenal to that grazing land called Abuja Stadium. As big as Nigeria, no good stadium with natural grass. O ma ga o
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by asidere(m): 9:19pm On Jul 05, 2012
This postponement shows that Nigeria is sick.arsenal coming to Nigeria would have been a plus for our economy when you think of how sport affects a country's economy.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Kelvin172(m): 9:23pm On Jul 05, 2012
Who cares if they come or not, my problem is dat dis boko haram is ruining these nation... May god see us through.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Reference(m): 9:49pm On Jul 05, 2012
I hope this is not the first step in our isolation. Sports is always the first cue. It means Nigeria maybe ineligible to bid for hosting serious sporting activities.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Nobody: 10:01pm On Jul 05, 2012
I honestly woulda been very disappointed were they to have come. It would've meant the club manager hasn't got the best interests of his players at heart. 'Cause their hotel could've collapsed, or an aeroplane could've smashed into it, or it coulda gotten blown up, or their plane coulda crashed. Or they coulda been kidnapped, or contacted malaria, or typhoid, or cholera. Or their papers coulda been misplaced by airport officials.
It's really best they didn't come, 'cause Nigeria can't handle the backlash.

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by edey2real: 10:10pm On Jul 05, 2012
Agreeing to come initialy was a mistake.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by OkikiOluwa1(m): 10:12pm On Jul 05, 2012
Reasons;1. Kobo Baram
2. No suitable Pitch in Nigeria.
Those guys can't manage to play on a bads pitch and as well risk their lives @ the expense of BH.
It was Brazil that cancelled their friendly with us, now Arsenal. You can imagine what this two high profile friendly will do to our FIFA ranking if we win. Now the most annoying thing is that; If things don't start changing for better in this Country, no nation will want to come and play football, in Nigeria and we will be denied hosting rights to many competitions. Sorry for Nija

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Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by ogboss: 10:22pm On Jul 05, 2012
They wuld have played the match behind closed door in Aso rock grin grin grin
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by bodejohn(m): 10:31pm On Jul 05, 2012
...this is why I wrote in a previous thread that it was wrong for GEJ to have said on a national tv that not travelling to Brazil would have meant that BH has grounded government activities. The foreign countries will eventually find out, he only confirmed their fears by saying it.
Before you hang me, I am not blaming GEJ for this cancellation and I did not say that he was right or wrong to have travelled to Brazil.
What I fault is his statement.
Arsenal sef no dey stop to fall person hand. I was just calculating how to draw 20K for my salary to go watch the match.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by texazzpete(m): 10:36pm On Jul 05, 2012
Korrection: abeg make dem dey there jor....weti dem wan come do 4 naija....??

Erm...play football?
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by bugsy80(m): 10:49pm On Jul 05, 2012
well even if arsenal had come their were NEVER!!!!! going to come with their full squad ever.....
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by 1025: 10:51pm On Jul 05, 2012
how they wan come when they are thinking how to manage the coming season since van persie is going.
players like sagna looks like boko haram himself and as such why will he fear boko haram.
this van persie announcement has created confusion in their camp.
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Babamide(m): 11:00pm On Jul 05, 2012
Postponed or cancelled?
Re: Arsenal Postpone Pre-season Game In Nigeria by Guk: 11:18pm On Jul 05, 2012
Still cant figure out why Abuja was chosen but even though Teslim Balogun stadium is small, it will be filled to capacity if Arsenal were to play there for 7 days continously

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