Friendly Match: Bolivia Claims ‘Civil War In Nigeria’ As Reason for Cancellation

Bolivia has withdrawn from the proposed international friendly match with Nigeria’s Super Eagles scheduled to take place in Uyo on March 26, 2015.

The Bolivian Football Federation issued a statement on its website stating rather strangely that, “civil war which is going on in Nigeria,” was the reason.


Although there is no civil war going on in Nigeria, the FBF as the Bolivian Football Federation is referred to, has also expressed concern over the safety of its players as the match comes up just two days to the forthcoming Presidential election.

Carlos Chavez, president of the FBF in a press conference in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, said, “The armed conflict in Nigeria has forced the cancellation of the game.”

Nigeria has the opportunity to protest to FIFA requesting sanctions for non-compliance. However, Chavez says his federation must come up with a strong defence against that. “That game is not going to be held. Now the FBF seeks to raise a strong defence because Nigerians will protest and request sanctions for non-compliance,” he said.

Nigeria is also to take on South Africa on March 29 at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.

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