Football fans last weekend descended on former Nigerian international, Etim Esin after the veteran midfield ace described the newly-built Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo as ‘’Nest of losers.’’
Esin who made the scathing remark on his Facebook wall after Nigeria’s Super Eagles had defeated their Chadian counterparts 2-0 in Kaduna in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, received a flurry of responses from angry fans.
The controversial post read: ‘’Nigeria 2 -0 Chad. I hope Kaduna Stadium (Ahmadu Bello Stadium) will be a fortress for the Super Eagles. Nest of winners’ ‪#‎Akwaibom‬ Uyo stadium nest of losers.’’
The responses from angry friends of the ex international ran thus: ‘’Taohid Shaun Boy Animasaun This is going too far bros. Imo Simon said: “My brother Esin, you were a skillful player with abundant skills. Could you tell between Ronaldhinho of Brazil, Messi and Ronaldo of Portugal…whom amongst these great players has skills and spectacular footwalk?”
Henry Chinedu: ‘’This is not good from you Etim.
Ephraim Stephen in responding criticized the state of the playing pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium: “I am in Kaduna but did not go to Stadium for the match; judging from what DSTV showed me of the field; it is a sorry pitch. Ball controlled easily rolls out of touch without any hard touch on it.’’
Emmanuel Utibe: “So must you embarrass yourself always? Because you were not recognised by Akwa-Ibom must you kill yourself? Get a life dude, we from Akwa Ibom are proud of what we’ve got! You that played for Nigeria,what sort of role model are you for upcoming ones? You are still living in your past glory! Stop whining all the time.’’
Akeem Olabamiji Afolayan: Etim your assertion is not in good faith. We are in new administration, if you were forgotten yesterday, you might be remembered today, brother, take it easy because you are not only Akwa Ibomites that can do it.’’
Chidiebere Onyeze Moneme: ‘’Etim Maradona, with due respect, I wish to remind you that there is still no place like home… Akwa Ibom State remains your home, cherish it, pray for it and pray for the leaders as well.’’
The Super Eagles are yet to win a competitive match at the new stadium in Uyo since beating Ghana in the ceremonial opening of the 30,000 capacity arena on November 8 last year.
Another respondent quipped: ‘’Ex int’l, your comment isn’t right and fair. You’ve been long enough in football and should know that a stadium plays no part in guaranteeing victory for a team. Except we’re being superstitious!’’

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