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Argentina To Play Against Nigeria In Another Friendly

Buenos Aires, Jun 10 : Argentina has arranged another match against Nigeria in the unusual football location of Bangladesh in September despite their recent friendly being investigated for suspicious betting.The match organizer, Buenos Aires-based World

PTI [ Updated: June 10, 2011 10:45 IST ]
argentina to play against nigeria in another friendly
argentina to play against nigeria in another friendly

Buenos Aires, Jun 10 : Argentina has arranged another match against Nigeria in the unusual football location of Bangladesh in September despite their recent friendly being investigated for suspicious betting.


The match organizer, Buenos Aires-based World Eleven, said on Thursday it was possible that Lionel Messi, the world's best player, would appear in the Sept. 6 match. However, organizers said it was not guaranteed, adding the only contract requirement was for Argentina to arrive with 80 percent of its top players.

World Eleven spokesperson Fernanda Nunez said every effort would be made to include Messi. "But we are not obligated to include Messi," she added.

Reports have suggested organizers were being paid $4 million for the match, a figure Nunez emphatically denied. "This is an outrageous number," she said.

Nigeria defeated Argentina last week 4-1. The South Americans played with second-team players -- absent Messi, Carlos Tevez and other stars.

That match is being investigated by FIFA for match-fixing after referee Ibrahim Chaibou of Niger awarded a penalty for handball in the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time. No players have been implicated.

Argentina will also play Venezuela on Sept. 2 in Kolkata, India. Both matches will be Argentina's first following the July 1-24 Copa America in Argentina. AP

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