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We win as a team, and we lose as a team, bullying a single player for the team’s shortcomings is unfair

Super Eagles player, Ahmed Musa, has appealed to Nigerians to stop the cyberbully on his colleague Alex Iwobi.

Some Nigerians singled out the footballer for attacks after the Super Eagles lost to Ivory Coast in the AFCON Final match on Sunday, February 11.

The attacks led to Alex deleting almost all the posts on his Instagram page,

Reacting to the Cyber attacks on Iwobi, Ahmed 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”

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Alleged assault against match officials: Ogun football association ban two persons

Ogun Football Association (FA) has imposed a two-year ban on the two persons involved in an assault against match officials at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta on Saturday.

This is contained in a statement issued by the FA Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi, on Sunday in Abeokuta.

The culprits, who were said to have masked as fans of the club, are: Jamiu Makinde, popularly known as JAMAK, and Ajani Opadiran, popularly known as “Gbeke”.

The football association condemned, in strong terms, the show of shame witnessed at the venue at the end of the game, describing it as barbaric, irresponsible and uncalled for.

The Nigeria National League (NNL) match between Gateway United Football Club and Ikorodu City from Lagos ended 0-0.

“Opadiran threw caution to the wind and assaulted the centre referee, while Makinde also joined the dastardly act, bringing the game into disrepute.

“It took the intervention of the security operatives provided by the Ogun State Football Association to tame the miscreants and avoid casualties,” Majekodunmi said.

He further stated that investigations had been conducted, while findings revealed that “Gbeke” led the attack in company with his partner.

The FA chairman added that he (Gbeke) has been arrested while Makinde was currently at large.

He, therefore, said that the duo had been banned from entering match venues across the state for the next two years.

 

“A comprehensive report will also be submitted to the police headquarters, explaining why they are threats at sport venues,” he said.

Majekodunmi warned football teams in the state not to associate themselves with either of them for the duration of the ban.

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NFF appoints Many Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head coach

The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0.

In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Garba will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana, according to the NFF.

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NFF to decide on new Super Eagles head coach nextweek

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will meet next week Tuesday in Abuja to decide on a new head coach for super eagles.

According to a report in SCORENigeria, the committee has already shortlisted seven coaches for the vacant position.

Former internationals Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke are the two leading candidates for the position.

Finidi led the team in interim capacity for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali last month.

The immediate task of the new coach will be the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Squirrels of Benin Republic in June.

The games will take place on June 3 and 11, respectively.

The Super Eagles are yet to record a win in their group after they drawing their opening two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe

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