There are strong indications that some Super Eagles stars may boycott next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nation double- header against Sierra Leone over safety concerns.
#EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have rocked the country in the last two weeks , with the military and police killing peaceful protesters .
On Tuesday , eyewitnesses claim about seven lives were lost, with several others injured when soldiers opened fire on protesters in a bid to disperse them from the Lekki toll gate in Lagos — a focal demonstration ground for the # EndSARS campaign.
Our correspondent gathered that the overseas- based players were afraid of returning to Nigeria for Eagles games, for fear of being killed or maimed.
Eagles midfielder John Ogu wrote on Twitter, “ The Politicians should ask their children to represent Nigeria in the next @ NGSuperEagles @ thenff upcoming games. I’m so devastated like right now.”
“ We can’t be representing a country that kills our brothers and sisters. This killings and unrest must stop or we stay away ,” another player based in Belgium told The PUNCH.
Leicester City forward , Kelechi Iheanacho posted a cryptic message on Twitter with a broken heart emoji to express his dismay at the recent killings.
“ God is watching . It will end in praise. We will keep speaking up ,” he wrote. (Punch)