AFCON Semi-final: Nigerians In South Africa Urged To Avoid Provocative Celebrations

High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Pretoria, South Africa, has advised Nigerians resident in the country to be of good conduct before, during and after 2024 AFCON Match between the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana.

This was contained in an Advisory on Safe Conduct released by the High Commission on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

The Advisory was in reaction to an 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 7 February 2024.

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It said, 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 wishes to advise 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”, it said.

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