Ahead of the Semi-final clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Bafana Banana of South Africa at the ongoing AFCON, some South Africans have been making inflammatory comments against Nigerians resided in their country.
This was confirmed by the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday.
This was as the commission issued an advisory on how Nigerians living in South Africa should conduct themselves before, during and after the match scheduled for Wednesday.
The advisory 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.”