Nigerian authorities have urged caution over “veiled threats” against their nationals living in South Africa before the two countries meet in the semi-finals of the Cup of Nations. The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa stated that some South Africans were making “inflammatory comments online” mainly of “veiled threats” against Nigerians.
The commission urged Nigerian citizens in South Africa to be careful what they say, be careful where they choose to watch the match, and refrain from engaging in loud, riotous, or provocative celebrations if the Super Eagles win the semi-final match.
South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation disagreed with the fears expressed and called the advice regrettable as it appears to create alarm and unnecessary tension between citizens of South Africa and Nigerians living in or travelling to South Africa.
The rivalry between the two countries was fueled on Sunday when South African sensation Tyla beat four other Nigerian nominees to win the Grammy for Best African Musical Performance with his song “Water.” The next stage of their rivalry will be seen in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.