Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has called on some Nigerian football fans to stop the attack on Alex Iwobi on social media.
Musa made the plea after Iwobi came under heavy criticism for his performance in the Super Eagles’ 2-1 loss to Cote d’Ivoire in Sunday’s AFCON final.
Following the constant attacks, Iwobi deleted all his Instagram photos, leaving only one video post.
The former Arsenal forward featured for 79 minutes in Nigeria’s defeat to Ivory Coast and was replaced by Alhassan Yusuf.
Musa has now come out to plead for the attacks to stop.
“Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi,” he wrote on X.
“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 behaviour.
“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.”