Super Eagles Player Deactivates Social Media Account Following Backlash from World Cup Qualifiers

by Frederick Akinola
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In a surprising turn of events, Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has chosen to deactivate his social media account on X (formerly Twitter) following Nigeria’s lackluster performances against Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The Super Eagles, three-time African champions, struggled to secure victories against the two underdog teams.

Despite Uzoho not being directly responsible for the goals conceded, fans expressed disappointment, particularly with his inability to save a long-range free-kick that gave Zimbabwe an early lead. The draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe have heightened criticism of the Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper, who previously faced backlash for allowing cheap goals in international friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique.

Uzoho, who began his international career at the age of 14 with the Super Eagles, played a significant role in Nigeria’s successes, including winning the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and claiming a bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. However, recent performances have led to calls for head coach Jose Peseiro to reconsider his position as the team’s number one goalkeeper.

While the reason behind Uzoho’s decision to deactivate his social media account remains unclear, his Instagram account remains active. Fans and pundits alike are now closely watching the developments surrounding the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping situation as they navigate the challenges of World Cup qualification.

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