Nigeria’s Super Eagles football team captain, Ahmed Musa, has joined the chorus of voices calling for an end to online bullying directed at midfielder Alex Iwobi. Iwobi has faced criticism on social media following Nigeria’s 1-2 loss to Ivory Coast in Sunday’s Afcon final.
Despite playing for 79 minutes in the match before being substituted by Alhassan Yusuf, Iwobi became a target of online trolling, leading him to delete his Instagram pictures on Monday.
Expressing his support for Iwobi, Captain Ahmed Musa urged fans to cease cyber-bullying, emphasizing that singling out one player for the team’s loss is unjust. Musa stated, “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.”
Other Nigerians have also rallied behind Iwobi, condemning the online attacks and highlighting the unfairness of blaming an individual for the collective performance of the team. As of now, Iwobi has not made any public comments regarding the online backlash against him.