The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria has advised the Nigerian community in South Africa to be watchful and mindful of where they watch the semifinal clash between Super Eagles and Bayana Bayana on Wednesday.
The Northern Ivorian town of Bouakee will play host to the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana where they will extend their growing rivalry with the stakes very high as both teams eye a place in the final of the 2023 AFCON.
There is panic among Nigerians living in South Africa, with the Nigerian High Commission advising on safe conduct for Nigerians before, during and after the match on Wednesday.
A letter from the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Pretoria and dated February 6, the Commission said their attention has been drawn to potentially inflammatory online comments made by a section of the South African citizens against Nigerians living in the host country.
According to the letter, most of the comments consist of veiled threats against “Nigerians cooking Jollof Rice” before the match, and “showing Nigerians pepper if the Bafana Bafana lose to the Super Eagles,” amongst others.
The letter read in parts; “In this regards, the High Commission hereby advises the Nigerian community to be watchful of their utterances, be mindful of where they close to watch the match especially in public places and refrain from engaging in loud riots 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”, the letter said.