NANS threatens South African businesses in Nigeria over threat to Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali


The umbrella body of students in Nigeria, National
Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has warned South Africans over their
threat to Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali over his performance at the
ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.


The students tackled the South Africans in a statement
signed by the Senate President of the association, Ekundina Elvis, on Friday.


The Super Eagles keeper plays at Chippa United, a football
club in South Africa.


Although this threat is yet to be reported, football
observers believe some South Africans are displeased with Nwabali’s role in
preventing their team from reaching the finals.


Former Super Eagles star Idah Peterside revealed the threats
while speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, stating that some fans have
warned Nwabali not to go back to Chippa United in South Africa after the AFCON


On receiving the hint of this threat, NANS appealed to South
Africans to steer clear Nwabali, threatening that “A South African finger on
Nwabali will see the beginning of shutting down of all South African businesses
and interests in Nigeria.


”If Nwabali is stopped from returning to his club, we shall
also stop South Africans from all benefits from Nigeria.”


The students lamented the South Africans’ threat against the
goalkeeper, saying football should rather “promote friendship and not bitterness.”


“We have played in different tournaments where the Super
Eagles have lost. We never channelled or blamed our performance on any country
or persons outside our country.


“We have always been a chief promoter 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.”


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