The Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has taken a stand against the cyber-bullying of his teammate, Alex Iwobi, following Nigeria’s defeat to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). In a heartfelt message shared on his Instagram account, Musa, who is also a forward for the Turkish Süper Lig club Sivasspor, called upon fans to cease the online harassment directed at Iwobi and to instead offer their respect and support.
Musa highlighted the contradiction in fans claiming that football unites, while simultaneously engaging in cyber-bullying, which he described as not only a breach of decency but also a criminal act.
“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. THANKS #BIG17”