Tuesday, June 22, 2010
When a Nigerian says 'I will kill you'!
Sani Kaita was dismissed from the Nigeria-Greece game for kicking a Greek defender on the touchline last Thursday 17th June. In the end Nigeria lost by a goal margin to Greece, their second defeat at the South African World Cup. It is reported that Kaita received more than thousand death threats sent to him via e-mail.
The Nigerian FA however clarified the following week by saying the threatening messages were rather messages showing anger and fury. 'In our language, if we say 'we will kill you', it means we are not happy with you. If a German hears 'I will kill you', it means you are dying next week. We really need to clear up this matter' said the team spokesman Idah Peterside.
I can't argue with the spokesman, but I find it somewhat surprising if more than a thousand 'I will kill you' turn out to mean 'I am angry with you'. I believe a good number out of these streams of threats should be for real especially with assassination stories of players like Columbia's Andrés Escobar. I still think the Nigerian FA should take the issue seriously and not downplay the consequences this might bring to the nation.