Iwobi is fine after 'completely unfair' treatment - Silva

Iwobi is fine after 'completely unfair' treatment - Silva
Alex Iwobi of Nigeria arrive at stadium during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and South Africa held at Peace Stadium in Bouake, Cote DIvoire on 07 February 2024 ©Djaffar Ladjal/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Saturday Feb 17, 2024. 13:10

Nigerian star Alex Iwobi is in good mental condition after being heavily criticized following the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

This is according to Fulham FC manager Marco Silva with Iwobi having been one of the Super Eagles’ key players as they reached the final where they lost 2-1 to hosts, Ivory Coast last weekend.

Iwobi suffered a lot of online abuse from Super Eagles fans who were angry at the result, and the 27-year-old reacted by deleting all his Instagram posts.

“Mentally, he’s very good. Alex is a happy boy when he’s on the pitch doing what he loves, he’s always doing it with a smile on his face. I know the part,” Silva said on All Nigeria Soccer. https://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=50492

“I don’t know everything that people said about it. I don’t see reasons because if you lose a game you lose a game together, if you win a game you win together of course. They did brilliantly until the final.

“They lost the final and the people reacted they think that is the best. In my opinion, it was completely unfair because of the way they criticized him on social media. It’s more strange when there is no reason to do it,” he continued.

“Since he arrived here, of course, I had a chat with him. He’s going to be involved in the game tomorrow, him and Calvin Bassey.”

Iwobi and his Nigeria teammate Calvin Bassey will be part of the Fulham team that is set to face Aston Villa in Saturday’s English Premier League clash.

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