Following Nigeria’s heartbreaking loss to Ivory Coast in the AFCON final, Super Eagles striker Ahmed Musa has taken to social media to condemn the online abuse directed towards teammate Alex Iwobi.
His tweet, which has garnered significant attention, on Monday, urges fans to unite and support the team instead of resorting to personal attacks.
“Cyberbullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime,” Musa wrote. “It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behaviour.”
He went on to acknowledge the disappointment of the defeat, stating, “Losing a game is undoubtedly tough, but targeting a single player for the team’s shortcomings is unfair and unjust.”
Musa emphasized the importance of collective responsibility and sportsmanship: “We win as a team, and we lose as a team. Alex Iwobi gave his all on the field, just like every member of our squad.”
Musa’s statement has resonated with many fans, who share his concerns about the toxic online environment surrounding football. Others, however, remain divided, with some defending their right to criticize players’ performance.
This incident highlights the ongoing debate about the line between legitimate criticism and personal attacks in the digital age. It also raises questions about the mental health of athletes who are subjected to online abuse.
Musa’s call for unity and responsible behavior comes at a crucial time for Nigerian football. As the team prepares for upcoming qualifiers, it’s crucial to foster a supportive and constructive environment for both players and fans.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
ICYMI…SPECIAL REPORT: NNPCL hides behind PIA to frustrate disclosure, accountability
Nigeria’s major oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), in what appears to be a common practice of disregard...
INVESTIGATION: Multi-million naira Ekiti resort center remains uncompleted a decade after
The multimillion-naira project, expected to comprise recreational buildings, now consists of cassava farmland, a bush used for excretion, and a...
SPECIAL REPORT: Torturous experiences of students with disabilities in Oyo tertiary institutions
For students with disabilities in Oyo state-owned tertiary institutions, learning is a torturous and distressing experience, considering the building structures...
INVESTIGATION: Uncompleted Old Enugu-Onitsha Road brings untold hardship, tears to commuters, residents of Enugu communities
Ugwu Obinna’s younger sister was killed after a truck driver transporting cows rammed into her shop located at the Okpatu...
INVESTIGATION: Students sit on floors, under leaking roofs as multi-million naira project is nowhere to be found in Zamfara
Suleman Tukur, 15, an SS 2 student of Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Bakura in Bakura local government area of...