‘I no be Iwobi’, Sadiq Umar warns cyberbullies against trolling him after Super Eagles' loss in AFCON final

Sadiq Umar

Super Eagles and Real Sociedad forward, Sadiq Umar, has joined other Nigerian footballers in condemning cyberbullying after the Super Eagles' loss to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. 

Umar warned cyberbullies against trolling him, following the backlash that followed the Super Eagles' defeat. 

The defeat led to a barrage of hate speech on social media accounts of Nigerian footballers, including Alexander Iwobi, who was substituted in the 79th minute with the score tied at 1-1. 

Iwobi has been the subject of attacks from netizens who blamed him for the loss against hosts Côte d’Ivoire and was forced to delete all posts on his Instagram account due to the cyberbullying. 

Umar, on his part, stated that despite not playing at the tournament, he has also been subjected to abuse from some persons after the game on Sunday.

In a post shared on his Instagram story, Sadiq Umar warned that he is not Alex Iwobi and will insult anyone who comes for him.

“Abeg oo Me, I no be iwobi I go Insult person papa with him mama join. Yes I be dat topical Hausa boy, Abi u see fear for my eyes?”

“Pushing someone into depression & mental breakdown, Yet you want life to be better for you, e no fit ever better for una! Vagabonds!!!” (sic)

The Super Eagles team and the Minister of Sports Development, Owan Enoh, have offered support to Iwobi and condemned the toxic culture of online abuse. 

Other Nigerian footballers, including Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, and Wilfred Ndidi, have also publicly urged fans to cease cyberbullying and emphasized the unity of the team.
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