Arsenal are planning to have a pre-season tour of Nigeria with a delegation (including the Managing Director, Club Secretary and Head of Security) sent to the West African club to inspect their facilities.
The Gunners have a huge fan-base in in the West African country and no doubt the likes of Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere will draw huge crowds.
The move comes due to the cancellation of the traditional Emirates Cup due to the upcoming London Olympics.
Acting Secretary General of the Nigerian Football Federation Musa Amadu said on the situation:
This visit, I want to observe, will definitely provide a strong platform for a much better relationship between the English Premier League and the Nigeria Premier League.
Incidentally, the NPL is just returning firmly to its feet after protracted crisis and will welcome tips and suggestions on how to re-position powerfully for the upcoming season.
It is also important that I mention that some of our football Clubs, particularly those in the Premier League, would welcome some form of technical partnership with Arsenal Football Club.
Personally if the tour is as successful as the tour of Asia it would be great. With a large fan-base over in West Africa there is no reason why it shouldn’t be and a chance for the fans to see the gunners is a fantastic opportunity. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below!