Nigeria : London Riots – Eagles Match Now Oct. 11

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The botched Nigeria / Ghana friendly has now been rescheduled for October 11. The encounter would still hold at the Vicarage Stadium, Watford.

The high-profile international friendly was called off yesterday by Hertfordshire Police following disturbances throughout the capital for a third consecutive night.

The match becomes the latest in an increasingly long line of midweek football games to be called off as a result of the London riots, joining the England and The Netherlands international friendly and four Carling Cup games.

A statement released by Hertfordshire police read: “The planned friendly between Nigeria and Ghana at Watford FC has been cancelled as a precaution due to potential demands on Hertfordshire Constabulary as a result of what is happening in London.

“The decision was not taken lightly and was done in full consultation with the club. We hope those fans who had been due to attend the game will understand the reasons why. Any fans who had been planning to travel are being asked not to come to Watford.”

Addressing players and officials of the Super Eagles in London yesterday, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari confirmed the new date and said it would afford the team to prepare better for the encounter.

Maigari told them to now focus on the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Madagascar coming up September 6 in Antananarivo.

Meanwhile, injured Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi visited the team’s camp with an injured knee. He was seen with his colleagues in the national team as they discussed the cancellation of the match.


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