Arsenal to play first match on Nigerian soil in August

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 5 May 2012

Enjoying their world-wide popularity, Gunners are to end their Asia preparatory tour on a high note with a match in Nigeria - the first time ever in the top team's history

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger applauds after their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City on April 28, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS)

The first football team of English club Arsenal will travel to Nigeria this summer for a pre-season game in the capital of Abuja on Sunday, 5 August, the Premier League giants announced on their official website on Friday.

"In what will be the Gunners’ first match on Nigerian soil, Arsène Wenger’s side will play at the 60,000 capacity Abuja National Stadium. Arsenal’s opposition will be confirmed soon and is likely to be a leading African national team," a statement on the Gunners' official website revealed.

"The Club last visited Africa during a tour to South Africa in July 1993, and is returning as a result of the fantastic support which exists for the team, not only in Nigeria, but across the entire continent," added the statement.

The 13-time English champions visit to the African country will conclude the club's pre-season trip to both China and Malaysia in July.

Arsenal, who comes third at this season's league table with 66 points, is supposed to play against Malaysia XI on Tuesday, 24 July. The team then travels to China, to play Manchester City in Beijing on Friday, 27 July, followed by a trip to Hong Kong for a match against Kitchee FC on Sunday, 29 July.

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