Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has called on Nigerians to show genuine love and also support the country’s senior national team players who have given their all representing their fatherland.
Musa said this in the midst of insults hurled at Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi on social media by fans for allegedly not contributing enough to the team’s silver medal finish at the 2023 AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire.
The Super Eagles were defeated 2-1 by hosts Cote D’Ivoire in the final of the 2023 AFCON Final Match on Sunday night at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, and Iwobi has since been subjected to social media attacks from fans who blame him for his lackluster performance in the competition.
Musa, the Super Eagles’ non-playing skipper at the competition, appealed to Nigerians involved in the act to calm down and learn to appreciate the country’s heroes despite losing the decisive final to Cote d’Ivoire.
“Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi. Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behaviour,” Musa wrote on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.
“Losing a game is undoubtedly tough, but targeting a single player for the team’s shortcomings is unfair and unjust. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. Alex gave his all on the field, just like every member of our squad.
“Instead of spreading negativity, let’s show genuine love and support to our players. They need our encouragement now more than ever. Let’s uplift each other and stand united, both in victory and defeat.”
Our Correspondent gathered that Iwobi is miffed with the cyber bullying and the Fulham FC midfielder is reportedly reviewing his future with the Super Eagles having deleted all his pictures with the team on his Instagram page.