2023 AFCON: Nigerians Being Attacked in South Africa? Fact Emerges

2023 AFCON: Nigerians Being Attacked in South Africa? Fact Emerges

  • The Facebook posts that claimed South Africans were attacking Nigerians following their defeat at the 2023 AFCON semi-final has been verified
  • The three pictures shared by one Facebook page, Igbo Times Magazine, were discovered to be dated to the Xenophobic period in 2019
  • Nigeria's Super Eagles defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalty shootouts after playing 1-1 during the full and extra time

Several Facebook pages have been observed engaging in giveaways, misleading users under the guise of Nigerian business mogul Femi Otedola.

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - Nigeria and South Africa have been in the battle of Supremacy since the days of Apartheid, which has witnessed many democratic eras in the two countries.

The competition ranged from economic prosperity to music, such as the Amapiano and Afrobeat and the quest for dominance on the international scene.

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Reports that Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa after AFCON loss in false Photo Credit: Super Eagles, Bafana Bafana
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Facebook posts claimed South Africans attacked Nigerians

However, there was a recent clash between the two countries at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the semi-final stage of the competition on February 7, where the Super Eagles defeated the Bafana Bafana in penalty shootouts 4-2 after playing 1-1 for the 90 minutes and extra times.

No less than 24 hours after the match, a Facebook page, Igbo Times Magazine, shared three pictures and a website link, alleging that South Africans were attacking Nigerians living in the country over the loss.

The caption accompanied the Facebook post:

“Breaking News: South Africans Begin Attack On Nigerians In Johannesburg And Looting Of Their [shops] For Losing To Nigeria. At least six Nigerian shops have been set on fire while others are looted by South African anger mob for losing to Nigeria last night.”

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However, no credible media reported the clash between Nigerians and South Africans after the football match in Cote d'Ivoire.

Clicking on the website link, the author only published the same Facebook caption; there was no source or official citation, and it gave no further details.

According to Dubawa, the website link was uploaded on ScanAdviser, a tool used to verify the credibility of websites. It was shown that the website was created on June 26, 2026, by an unknown identity. The website was rated 40/100, with a low trust score.

Using Google Lens to track the history of the pictures posted on Facebook posts, it was discovered that each of them was taken during the 2019 Xenophobic attack.

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Femi Otedola warned against scam

Legit.ng earlier reported that some Facebook posts, in the name of Femi Otedola, asking people to submit their account details to get between N100,000 and N250,000, have been fact-checked.

Findings showed Otedola neither requested people to provide their account details nor promised to engage in private conversations with anyone.

Another post on Otedola's Facebook page with over 17,000 followers, though not verified, warned people against dropping their details.

Source: Legit.ng

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