Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Less than 24 hours after the Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated their South African counterpart, the Bafana Bafana, in the on-going African Football Competition, AFCON, some overzealous fans of the South African national team, have allegedly threatened the Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, not to try returning to the country where he is plying his trade.
Nwabali who plays for Chippa United in South Africa, was very instrumental to Nigeria’s 4:2 win over South Africa on Wednesday, having saved two penalty shots during the semi final encounter.
The threats were revealed by a former Super Eagles international, Idah Peterside, while speaking on Channels Television.
He said that some fans had warned Nwabali not to go back to Chippa United in South Africa after the AFCON tournament.
“The biggest problem we have had is that we have gotten some messages where people have sent messages to the goalkeeper threatening him. I hear some people are telling him not to come back to South Africa since you didn’t want us to score.
“We have not heard of any violence but just threats. They have been threatening him and threatening some people.”
Nigerians living in South Africa have on several occasions been victims of xenophobic attacks.