Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa and other footballers in the national team, have appealed to Nigerians to stop the cyberbullying against their colleague Alex Iwobi following Nigeria’s narrow 2-1 defeat to hosts Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON final.
This newspaper reports that Iwobi who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Fulham and the Nigeria national team deleted all his pictures and videos on his official Instagram page after heavy criticism from football fans.
The midfielder played for 79 minutes as the Eagles failed to add to their three AFCON titles after Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria to win the tournament.
Musa has, however, used his official X handle to call for peace and harmony while charging football fans to appreciate the players for their performance at the AFCON.
“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 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,” his post read.
Other footballers have also shared pictures of Iwobi on their social media platforms, defending him for his performance at the recently completed AFCON.