Barack Obama: US president 'disrupts' Swansea City pre-season training

Barack Obama
Barack Obama is a sports fan and follows baseball side the Chicago White Sox and American Football team the Chicago Bears.
Pre-season friendly: Richmond Kickers v Swansea City
Date: Sunday, 17 July Venue: City Stadium, Richmond Kick-off: 00:00 BST

Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has joked about how US president Barack Obama disrupted their pre-season training during their tour of America.

The Premier League club are in the US capital Washington preparing for their second pre-season game at United Soccer League side Richmond Kickers on Sunday.

But Rangel has described how road closures for the president's motorcade made the players late for training.

"I'm sure managers have heard some great excuses over the years," he said.

"I don't think anyone has ever blamed American President Barack Obama. Well we did - and it was genuine.

"With our hotel a short distance from the White House, they closed all the roads in the vicinity for an hour because Obama was due to return from official business.

"At first we thought they had closed the roads off because chairman Huw Jenkins had arrived - but it was only the American President!" right back Rangel told the Swansea City website.

Swansea won their first pre-season game at Charlotte Independence 4-0 and striker Andre Ayew could return for the visit to Richmond, 110 miles south of Washington, following an extended summer break after helping Ghana qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Angel Rangel
Spanish right-back Angel Rangel is enjoying his 10th pre-season with Swansea

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