AFCON 2023: Nigerians in South Africa Advised to Exercise Caution During Super Eagles vs Bafana Bafana Match(Document) | #NwokeukwuMascot
Nigerians residing in South Africa have been advised to exercise caution while watching the upcoming semi-final clash between the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa issued a statement titled "Advisory on Safe Conduct for Nigerians in South Africa Before, During and After 2024 AFCON Match Between Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana" to address potential concerns.
The statement highlighted the inflammatory online comments made by some South African citizens, which specifically targeted Nigerians living in the host country. These comments were largely influenced by the anticipation of the upcoming match on Wednesday, 7th February 2024.
The Nigerian High Commission urged the Nigerian community in South Africa to be mindful of their statements and the locations where they choose to watch the match, especially in public places. They also emphasized the importance of refraining from engaging in loud, riotous, or provocative celebrations if the Super Eagles emerge victorious.
Furthermore, the statement emphasized the need for Nigerians to maintain their exemplary conduct and abide by the law before, during, and after the match. In the event of any provocations, individuals are advised to report them to the appropriate authorities rather than reciprocating in a confrontational manner.
The statement 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 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.”
By adhering to these guidelines, Nigerians in South Africa can contribute to a peaceful and harmonious environment during and after the match.