Nigerians living in South Africa have been cautioned about where they decide to watch the Super Eagles vs. Bafana Bafana African Cup of Nations semifinal (AFCON).
Additionally, they were cautioned against throwing wild celebrations in case the Super Eagles defeat their opponents and move to the upcoming AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire’s final.
On Wednesday, the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa will square off in the semi-finals at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake. To set up an exciting match, the Super Eagles defeated Angola while South Africa defeated Cape Verde in the previous round.
The advisory states as follows: “The 2024 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, has led some South African citizens to make potentially incendiary remarks online against Nigerians residing in the host country. The Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria has been made aware of these remarks.
The advisory reads: “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.”