Arsenal cancels friendly with Nigeria

Updated: July 5, 2012, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Arsenal canceled its first trip to Nigeria and a preseason friendly against the national team set for Aug. 5 in Abuja.

It was to be Arsenal's first trip to Africa in 18 years, but "complexities" caused the trip to put off, Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement Thursday.

Kinnear said the team plans to visit Nigeria next year.

The announcement came days after an explosion near a mall in Abuja. There were no casualties.

However, the incident has heightened security fears in a capital that has been targeted by radical Islamist insurgents in the past.

The Gunners will still tour Asia to play a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 24, English Premier League champion Manchester City in Beijing on July 27 and Kitchee FC in Hong Kong on July 29.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press