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Portsmouth and United plan Nigeria game

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  • Portsmouth and Manchester United planning a friendly in Nigeria this summer
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PORTSMOUTH, England -- FA Cup winners Portsmouth are planning a game against English league champions Manchester United in Nigeria during preparations for next season

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Portsmouth manager Redknapp is looking forward to his summer holidays.

Dates for the fixture have yet to be finalized but manager Harry Redknapp said: "Apparently they want us out there and the thinking was that if it is good for Manchester United then it's certainly good for us."

The game would provide a chance for two Nigerians to appear in their homeland --Nwankwo Kanu, who scored the Cup final winner against Cardiff at Wembley on Saturday -- and John Utaka, whose cross set up the goal.

Redknapp, whose squad was cheered by an estimated 200,000 fans on an open-top bus tour of Portsmouth, said: "After Nigeria we come back and play United again at Wembley in the Community Shield and we're looking forward to that, but personally my only plan is for a holiday with my wife.

"I don't think I'll be going to the European Championship this time but there are some interesting matches and maybe I'll take in one or two."

Fans lined the streets five or six deep in places to greet their returning heroes after Portsmouth's first FA Cup triumph for 69 years.

The players, staff and families and the Cup were paraded on three open-top buses that passed through the city center.

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