'Stop bullying Iwobi," Ahmed Musa furious in his 'letter' to Nigeria's fans

'Stop bullying Iwobi," Ahmed Musa furious in his 'letter' to Nigeria's fans

'Stop bullying Iwobi," Ahmed Musa furious in his 'letter' to Nigeria's fans

Allan Damba 16:18 - 13.02.2024

"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."

Fulham midfielder Alex Iwobi suffered online attacks and jibes from his own Nigerian fans following their 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

The Super Eagles faithful called out and blamed the former Arsenal star for the defeat to the hosts.

However, Nigeria's skipper and legend Ahmed Musa, in reaction to the agony, asked the supporters to desist from cyber harassment, particularly directed at one player.

Alex Iwobi|IMAGO

"Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi," Musa wrote on his official X handle.

"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 behaviour," he added.

"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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07:50 - 13.02.2024

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The reserve of the Madrid club has a big sound in the world. Its coach - and at the same time a former player - is the legendary Raúl Gonzalez, who with Real won the Champions League three times, celebrated winning the Spanish title six times and added countless individual awards.

Nigeria assumed a first-half advantage through a William Troost-Ekong goal before Frank Kessie and Sebastian Haller stole it in the second half.

Nigeria thus remained stuck at three AFCON titles, while Ivory Coast equalled the latter's tally.