Leon Balogun is the latest Super Eagles star to comment on the Xenophobic attacks currently going on in South Africa. A lot of Nigerians have lost their lives, while some have lost businesses worth millions of naira after they were attacked by South African citizens who have accused them of stealing their jobs.
Nigerians are not the only one targeted by South Africans with Zambians and citizens of other countries also affected by the attacks.
A lot of stars have announced they will boycott South Africa in response to the attacks, while Zambia national team have also pulled out of their international friendly against the Bafana Bafana.
I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.
— Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) September 4, 2019
I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
This is crazy ! This has to stop !! https://t.co/NtEDwWOKQ9
— Carl Ikeme (@Carl_Ikeme) September 3, 2019
Super Eagles stars have also lent their voices to the cause, with John Ogu and Carl Ikeme speaking out against the attacks. Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Leon Balogun is now the latest star to speak against the issue.
The former Mainz defender took to his twitter page to condemn the attacks, saying, “Together we stand, divided we fall! I’m praying for UNITY” with the hashtag say no to Xenophobia.
— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) September 4, 2019
Meanwhile, the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) have announced that Madagascar have replaced Zambia as Bafana Bafana’s friendly opponents.
The Chipolopolo pulled out of the proposed friendly against the South Africans due to concerns over their security in the wake of the Xenophobic attacks.