England vs Nigeria: It’s more than a game, says British High Commisioner

England vs Nigeria: It’s more than a game, says British High Commisioner

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency Paul Arkwright has expressed his excitement ahead of the June 2nd Pre-World Cup Friendly between England and Nigeria.

The Commissioner disclosed this when playing host to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko in his Abuja office.


Arkwright informed the Football Federation Chiefs that the High Commission will organize a number of events around the match both in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

In his words as published on the Federation’s website, the High Commissioner said “Let me also assure you that England is taking this match very seriously. It is more than just a game; it is a big preparatory game towards the FIFA World Cup.

“More than that, the historical ties between our two countries are there to be considered, so it will also serve to strengthen and enhance relations and good collaboration between our countries,” said Arkwright.

NFF President Pinnick informed Arkwright that the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom is also involved in efforts to ensure the match is a huge success, coming less than two weeks before the opening match of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Nigeria and England will lock horns at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 2nd June, in what will be the Eagles’ penultimate friendly match before flying to the World Cup finals in Russia.

Both Nations have clashed only twice previously at senior level: one competitive match and one friendly.

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