Following the move by Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi to delete all the posts on his Instagram page, leaving only one video of an advert, he did for a brand, ‘Fail Forward’, some Nigerians have taken to their X accounts to plead with those bullying him to stop.
News About Nigeria had earlier reported that following the Super Eagles’ 2-1 loss to the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, some netizens took to social media to troll Iwobi, naming him the cause of the failure.
According to them, Iwobi was not meant to be part of Sunday’s match and he performed poorly leading to the Eagles’ failure.
They had also tasked the midfielder for Premier League club, Fulham who played for 79 minutes in the match before he was replaced by Alhassan Yusuf to consider another career like modelling or anything fashion inclined as football is not his calling.
Reacting to Iwobi’s response to the criticism, an X user, @toyo4layan, noted that what the people trolling the footballer are doing is wrong and unfair, adding that, regardless of his performance, he contributed to helping the team.
His tweet reads, “It’s unfair to single out one player for criticism in football. Many factors contribute to a team’s performance. Despite Alex Iwobi’s tough game, he’s been crucial throughout the tournament. Let’s avoid cyberbullying and support our players, even when they have off days. Second time y’all are making him do this, totally unfair.”
Also popular controversial social media influencer, Daniel Regha in a post on his X account tasked Nigerians to move on as the 2023 AFCON is already over.
He further noted that the toxic behaviour of not accepting defeat and also slandering their players is one of the reasons why some players usually refuse to represent Nigeria in competitions.
Speaking further, he noted that such behaviour can throw one into depression which is very bad.
Another X user, @Esteembehemoth also added that football is just a game and it is wrong for a player who did his best for his nation to be bullied and trolled like a criminal.
Why did you guys have to go to Alex Iwobi's Instagram page to bully the living day light out of him?
I thought yesterday's game was only just football?
Why are we like this in this country?? 💔💔
— Esteem 👁🗨 🦅 (@Esteembehemoth) February 12, 2024
2023 AFCON has ended, move on already. Stop bullying Alex Iwobi, or anyone on the Super Eagles team; For crying out loud it's just a match & trophy. This toxic behaviour is why some players choose not to represent Nigeria in tournaments. We complain of oppression but often aim to…
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) February 12, 2024
It's unfair to single out one player for criticism in football. Many factors contribute to a team's performance.
Despite Alex Iwobi's tough game, he's been crucial throughout the tournament.
Let's avoid cyberbullying and support our players, even when they have off days.… pic.twitter.com/raFXItKFKO
— The 𝘛ó𝘺ò𝘴í 𝘈𝘧𝘰𝘭á𝘺𝘢𝘯™️ (@Toyosi4layan) February 12, 2024