Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, is surprised by the xenophobic attacks on immigrants in the land where his career outside Nigeria took shape.
The Fernabahce striker, who played for two South African clubs – FC Cape Town and Mpumalanga Black Aces – between 2008 and 2009 before joining Turkish side Karabukspor, has now called for a “one big united Africa”.
“I can’t believe what is happening in South Africa,” he told AfricanFootball.com.
“I believe we should have moved beyond this stage in Africa. We should always see ourselves as one irrespective of where we come from.
“I am therefore calling for unity among other Africans. I am proud to be African, it is always a pleasure to be united as one big family, do things in common and assist ourselves rather than killing ourselves. I believe in Africa and we should be proud of ourselves.”
Emenike played only 23 games in his short spell in South Africa but could still recall his time in the country that stretches along the south Atlantic and Indian oceans.
“While I was in South Africa, I never experienced such a thing and its look very strange to me seeing such killings and destruction of properties,” he said.
“This is not the time for retaliation, everybody needs to come out to save the situation and call for peace. We don’t want war in our continent. We need peace and Unity. God Bless Nigeria, God Bless South Africa and God bless Africa as a whole.”