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Sports News of Tuesday, 25 January 2022


Super Eagles: Okoye, Iwobi receive death threats after AFCON exit

Maduka Okoye and Alex Iwobi Maduka Okoye and Alex Iwobi

Nigerians are still reacting to the shock exit of the Super Eagles at the second round of the ongoing African Cup of Nations.

Two players who have been accused solely for the defeat to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are Maduka Okoye and Alex Iwobi.

The duo have been subjected to cyberbullying by fans, including death threats.

Fans believe goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye should have done better with the strike from Youssef Msakni which led to the goal, while Iwobi has been blamed for the red card he got in the 66 minutes of the game.

The former Arsenal player replaced Kelechi Iheanacho six-minute earlier.

An Instagram user @Clifford_Marius under a picture posted by Okoye wrote, “It will not be well with you. I pray you don’t see next month, you will die in a plane crash.”

@la_isle on Instagram wrote, “Maduka, you will not live long. You sold this AFCON match to the Tunisians.”

@pelexofLagos wrote, “Maduka Okoye, God will punish you and your family, your incompetence cost us AFCON.”

“StCollins wrote, “You are the worst goalkeeper on earth.”

Striker Sadiq Umar had also been a subject of online bullying over his performance in some of the country’s group stage games.

Okoye and Iwobi were also subjects of social media memes.

However, they took individual action to reduce the effects of the abuses, with Okoye restricting comments on his Instagram handle, while Iwobi deleted all pictures on his page.

The Everton midfielder had previously deactivated his Twitter following the online abuses.