‘Arsenal will tour Nigeria ahead of the 2012-13 season and will play against some selected Nigerian clubs.’
Musa Amadu, the NFF acting secretary, had the following to say regarding the decision:
‘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.’
He continued by suggesting that it may be possible for some Nigerian teams to form a technical partnership with Arsenal in the future:
‘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.’
It will be interesting to see if there will be any partnerships set-up prior to this pre-season tour and of course following it, as it may allow us to scout a couple of good Nigerian players who would have otherwise been missed.
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