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  • Updated: February 06, 2024

AFCON: Envoy warns Nigerians against confrontation during match with South Africa 

AFCON: Envoy warns Nigerians against confrontation during ma

The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa has admonished Nigerians living in South Africa against engaging in any confrontation before, during and after their scheduled semi-final clash at the ongoing 2023 AFCON.

Nigeria and South Africa will on Wednesday clash at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake for a place in the AFCON finals.

The warning is contained in a statement issued by the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Pretoria.

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 noted, “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 the 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."

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