Rio Ferdinand, the renowned former Manchester United player, has publicly expressed his solidarity with Nigeria in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. The England legend’s endorsement was symbolized by a social media post featuring Ferdinand clutching a Nigeria jersey, indicating his unequivocal backing for the Super Eagles, Nigeria’s national soccer team.
Public Support on Social Media
After Nigeria’s game, Ferdinand took to social media to emphasize his support. The post, which displayed a picture of Ferdinand holding the Super Eagles’ jersey bearing ‘Ferdinand 5’, was followed by an outpouring of comments from fans. Some fans even drew comparisons between Ferdinand and John Terry, with one remarking that Ferdinand’s action made him a more favourable figure. Another fan humorously suggested that Ferdinand has Nigerian ancestry, referring to him as ‘Chukwuebuka’, a popular Nigerian name.
Impressions and Reactions
The post made quite a stir, garnering over two million impressions. The success of Nigeria in the AFCON was celebrated by fans, with one commenting on the massive impact of Ferdinand’s post. Additionally, William Troost-Ekong, the captain of the Super Eagles, expressed his admiration for Ferdinand, stating he would give up his No.5 jersey for the football legend.
Support for Stanley Nwabali
Among the myriad of reactions, a fan suggested that Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali should join Manchester United. Nwabali, who currently plays for Chippa United in South Africa, has also received support from his club. The club’s chairman commended Nwabali as a positive revelation and affirmed his support for the Super Eagles in their match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
The culmination of the tournament will see Nigeria face Ivory Coast in what promises to be a thrilling final. The support and reactions to the Super Eagles’ performance have underscored the global love and appreciation for the sport, and particularly for the vibrant and dynamic spirit of African football.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn