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Ahmed Musa decries cyber-bullying of Iwobi

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Nigeria’s loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the final match of the Africa Cup of Nations is beginning to have ripple effect as midfielder, Alex Iwobi seems to have been singled out for the blames.

The player who goal qualified Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has faced heavy criticism on the internet by Nigerians on an alleged drop on form at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nation’s final on Sunday.

Following the severe attack, the player has deleted most of his Super Eagles-focused photographs on his instagram page.

The team returned to Abuja, Nigeria on Monday. The captain, Ahmed Musa has appealed to fans to stop the cyber-bullying of the player.

In a message posted on his x-platform, Musa wrote: “Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi.

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“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.

“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.”

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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