Dictator Buhari’s recent call to the Super Eagles which led to the team’s elimination from the ongoing African Cup of Nations [AFCON] in Cameroon after a 1-0 loss to Tunisia, has invoked memories of how serial boxing champion Anthony Joshua got terribly battered by his Ukrainian opponent Oleksandr Usyk after a meeting with dictator Buhari.
In the case of the Super Eagles, the team had maintained a 100% record and emerged Group D winners after wins against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, claiming a maximum nine points and scoring six goals in the process.
Before meeting Tunisia, a team missing eleven players and its head coach through COVID-19 infection, expectations were high and the North Africans went into the tie as underdogs.
Unfortunately, hours before the match, the team received a video call from dictator Buhari in its camp in Garoua, with Nigerians condemning the move on social media and saying that the dictator is associated with failure and should therefore not have called. In line with these worries, the Super Eagles succumbed to 1-0 loss through Youssef Msakni’s 47th minute strike that beat Maduka Okoye and gave the North Africans their second win against Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations. Tunisia’s first win against Nigeria at an AFCON tournament was in 2004 when they defeated Nigeria in the semi-final before emerging champions on home soil.
The loss drew sharp comparisons with the case of Anthony Joshua who met and prostrated before dictator Buhari in London and was terribly beaten in his next fight. He ended up in hospital!
Anthony Joshua’s agent Eddie Hearn confirmed at the time that his client could no longer see properly after the ninth round of the match.
By the time the fight had reached the 10th round, Joshua had developed a terrible-looking swollen and black eye as the Ukrainian continued to batter him at White Hart Lane. He barely escaped being knocked out and was immediately rushed to hospital!
Nigerians have since taken to social media to lambast the dictator, blaming him for calling the Super Eagles. CitizensAlert presents some of the social media reactions below: