Ahmed Musa begs Nigerians to stop online abuse at Iwobi

Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi

Ahmed Musa has urged Nigerians to stop attacking Alex Iwobi online, following the country’s AFCON 2023 final defeat to Ivory Coast.

Nigeria lost 2-1 to hosts Ivory Coast in the final, and Iwobi was seemingly the scapegoat, receiving a barrage of abuse online for his performance in the defeat. The Fulham man subsequently deleted all photos and videos from his Instagram account with rumours circulating that he was considering quitting the national team.

Ahmed Musa offers support to Super Eagles teammate Alex Iwobi
 Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi celebrating a goal at AFCON 2023- Credit - Pooja Media

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa took to his X account (formerly Twitter) to speak on the incident, calling it unfair to Iwobi.

Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi,” Musa wrote.

“Cyberbullying 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 behavior.

“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. Thanks.”

In related news, Nigeria’s sports minister Owan Enoh met with Iwobi to discuss the situation assuring him of the country’s eternal gratitude and support.

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