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Bolivia asks for friendly in Nigeria to be postponed

Bolivia’s soccer federation wants its friendly match in Nigeria scheduled for March 26 to be postponed because of the African nation’s internal conflict.

In a news conference Wednesday, federation president Carlos Chavez specifically mentioned the extremist group Boko Haram as a concern.

The federation issued a statement Tuesday seeking the postponement to “preserve the physical integrity of the players, coaching staff” and others who would travel.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, and the group recently declared allegiance to the extremist group Islamic State. AP

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