The National Association of Nigerian Students has urged South Africans to refrain from making threats against Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper for the Super Eagles.
According to Former Super Eagles international, Idah Peterside, during an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, noted that fans have warned Nwabali not to go back to Chippa United in South Africa after the AFCON tournament.
Peterside said, “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.”
Nwabali during the match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa, stopped two penalty.
In response to this, in a statement on Friday, NANS Senate President, Elvis Ekundina, appealed to South Africans to steer clear of Nwabali.
The student body condemned the South Africans’ threat against the Super Eagles goalkeeper, saying “Football should rather promote friendship and no bitterness.
“We have played in different tournaments where the Super Eagles have lost. We never channelled or blamed our performances on any country or persons outside our country.
“We have always been chief promoters of the spirit of sportsmanship as this remains a solid avenue to spread love across the countries of the world.
“But we will at no time fold our arms and watch bad losers pounce on our brother for petty reasons like this”.