AFCON: Will Football Rivalry Spark Violence? Nigerian Embassy Issues Warning To Citizens In South Africa



The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa has advised Nigerians living in the Rainbow Nation against engaging their Bafana Bafana counterparts in any confrontation before, during and after their semi-final clash at the ongoing 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

This was contained in a statement issued by the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Pretoria and seen by our correspondent on Monday.

Nigeria and bitter rivals South Africa clash at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake for a place in the AFCON final.

The High Commission warned Nigerians to be watchful of their utterances and refrain from riotous or provocative celebrations should the Eagles win the match.

The statement titled, ‘Advisory on safe conduct for Nigerians in South Africa before, during and after 2024 AFCON match between Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana,’ read, “The attention of the Nigeria High Commission Pretoria has been drawn to potentially inflammatory online comments made by a section of South African citizens against Nigerians living in host country, largely influenced by the upcoming 2024 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday 7th February 2024.

“Most of the comments consist of veiled threats against “Nigerians cooking jollof rice” before the match, and “showing pepper to Nigerians if the Bafana Bafana lose to the Super Eagles”, among others.

“In this regard, the High Commission hereby advises the Nigerian community to be watchful of their utterances, be mindful of where they choose to watch the match, especially in public places and refrain from engaging in loud, riotous or provocative celebrations should the Super Eagles win the match.

“Additionally, Nigerians should maintain the good conduct they are known for, and be law-abiding before, during and after the match. Should any provocations arise, they should not be reciprocated but reported to the appropriate authorities.”

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