SAFA condemns xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, others

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) released a statement condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent outbreak of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the country.
“As SAFA, we work with every single country on the African continent and we have consistently pursued the path of cooperation and solidarity with all African FA members,” it said.
“We continue to work hard to ensure that all Africans are welcome in our country, as they always welcome us with open arms in their own countries.
“As South Africans, we should remember that we are founder members of CAF; we hosted the first African World Cup, something which was celebrated all over the continent. Our continued progress in football is through Africa first, with Africa and with the support of Africa.
“We want to reiterate that we don’t want to let fellow Africans feel unwelcome in our country.
“This however, does not stop us from condemning drugs and crime that are ravaging our society, especially the youth from all walks of life.
“We call upon the police to work around the clock to deal with this scourge.
“However, the problem of drugs and crime is a problem that started even under the apartheid era while foreigners only started coming to South Africa after 1994.

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