Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has taken to his social media page to beg fans to stop the cyber attacks on teammate Alex Iwobi following Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations final loss to Ivory Coast on Sunday.
Recall that the Eagles suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast at the Stade Alassane Ouattara, ending the team’s dreams of a fourth continental crown.
The Fulham midfielder, who started all of Nigeria’s AFCON games, was in action for 79 minutes before he was taken off for Alhassan Yusuf.
Immediately after the final whistle, Iwobi became a subject of stiff criticisms from fans and hours later, the 27-year-old was forced to delete photos from his Instagram handle for fear of cyber abuse.
He only left one video post. The Fulham man also locked the comment section of the post for fear of bullying.
Reacting to the sad development, Musa took to his X handle to plead with Nigerians to stop the attack on the midfielder.
“Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi. 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,” he wrote.
“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.”
Reacting to Musa’s posts, William Troost-Ekong wrote, “WE ARE WITH YOU SKIPPO @alexiwobi.”
Kenneth Omeruo also wrote on Instagram, “We win together, we lose together, we are all one, and some of our fans should do better. Stay strong Alex Iwobi you are a baller.”