The Nigerian High Commission has provided guidance on safe behavior for individuals residing in South Africa in anticipation of the AFCON semi-final match between the Super Eagles and Bafana-Bafana.
Should the 2013 champs win, Nigerians nationwide would face “veiled threats,” according to the statement issued on Tuesday.
The Nigerian community was urged to “be mindful of where they choose to watch the match, especially in public places,” as well as “be watchful of their utterances.”
It also pleaded with Nigerians not to celebrate in a way that might provoke violence of any kind in the event that Nigeria wins the match.
The High Commission advocated against any kind of retaliation in the event of provocation, but stated that because law-abiding citizens, violent acts ought to be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Ademola Lookman’s first-half goal helped the Super Eagles secure their spot in the AFCON semifinals last Friday, as they defeated Angola 1-0 in the round of eight.
After winger Moses Simon eluded defender Kialonda Gaspar’s challenge to break free and set up his partner for his third goal of the tournament, the 26-year-old striker finished off a brilliant run down the left.
At the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, his goal in the 41st minute set up a semi-final matchup with South Africa on Wednesday.