Super Eagles players have all shown solidarity for Alex Iwobi who has been a victim of cyber bullying after they lost 2-1 to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The cyber bullying has forced the Fulham midfielder delete all but one post on his Instagram account.
There are also suggestions he might be considering an early retirement from international football.
Team captain Ahmed Musa who posted across his social media platforms, urged fans to desist from cyber bullying, noting that it’s a crime.
The most-capped Nigerian player in history rather asked that fans “show genuine love and support to our players”. According to him, the players needed “our encouragement now more than ever”.
He wrote, “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.”
Assistant captain William Troost-Ekong who reposted Musa’s message, also expressed his support for Iwobi.
He wrote,” WE ARE WITH YOU SKIPPO @alexiwobi”
Other players who have also offered support for the 27-year-old include Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze and Joe Aribo.
They all took to their Instagram pages to show support for the England-born midfielder.
Omeruo wrote, “We together, we lose together. We are all one. Some of our fans should do better,” with a picture of Iwobi.