Nigeria Versus Iceland: Nigerians Call Out The Guardian UK Over “Racist” Headline
Nigerians celebratory mood quickly changed after a headline written by the Western media brought to disrepute, the Nigeria Super Eagles 2-0 win against Icelandic National football team.
The headline Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa Punishes Wasteful Iceland To Give Argentina Hope which was written by the Guardian UK has been described as a “disgrace” and “racist”.
Nigerians on Twitter have expressed their dissatisfaction:
Nigeria had over 60% of the possession, at least 7 more shorts than Iceland, more shorts on goal, hit the bar, and most importantly 2 goals to Iceland’s 0. Your headline is a disgrace to journalism. Latent racism, no matter how you suppress it, it shows! https://t.co/uficnQtvrA
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 22, 2018
“Nigeria humbles European champion, Iceland”.
There, I fixed it for you
— Dr Aloy Chife (@ChifeDr) June 22, 2018
We should be used to it.
— Alex (@acampos1981) June 22, 2018
1. Nigeria had more ball possession
2. Nigeria had more more shots on target
3. Nigeria scored two well taken goals
4. Nigeria won.
Conclusion; this tweet is racially motivated. Delete it, go and learn how to write headlines. pic.twitter.com/BjFmpP1QEM
— King Davies (@iam_Daposh) June 22, 2018
— DumBNnam (@Dumdynasty) June 22, 2018
We need to start calling out all this latent racist journalism we witness especially from western media. We are Africans and can decipher what is latent and what is apparent.
— Akorede (@AbuMaryam30) June 22, 2018
— Realest PhlegSan (@realestphlegsan) June 22, 2018
delete your website.
— George Tunez 🏄🏼♂️🇳🇬 (@TheGeorgeTunez) June 22, 2018
You were watching the wrong match -Dominant Nigeria shows their potential with a brilliant brace from former Leicester striker, Ahmed Musa.
— Duke Oputa (@Obaboy) June 22, 2018
The refusal of these media outlets to swallow Africa’s greatness will forever rear its head in all your headlines. The same thing BBC did about Senegal, @guardian is doing same about Nigeria. Accept brilliance by blacks as what it really is…
— Dr. Olukay (@Lukmankyd2005) June 22, 2018
Some argue that it was a good and comprehensive read
Story doesn't match the headline though. It was a comprehensive match report.
Perhaps the headline was led by where he thought his audience's emotions will lie.
— Akeem Oyalowo (@keemside) June 22, 2018
Nothing wrong here. Put the headline into context. I doubt if uve read the story. It praises Nigeria and highlights Iceland’s mistakes.
— young sugar daddy (@luoisdei) June 22, 2018
I don't get it. It seems negative towards Iceland…
— Luciahoff (@luciahoff) June 23, 2018
They are not the only Western media to do this:
The same annoying statement was made by a presenter on @SkySportsNews tonight.Annoyingly,she didn’t even know which club Musa plays for.Our very own GOAT,we have suffered but they will all be shamed on Tuesday
— Kemi Lawal (@delampy) June 22, 2018
It’s hard to suppress Eurocentrism. After Senegal won New York Times headline blared ‘Senegal Sneaks Past Poland…’
Article said ‘The team was helped by two fluky goals: a deflection, and a score by a player who was apparently unnoticed by the Poland defense…’ pic.twitter.com/46c4o3OjRe
— allimadi (@allimadi) June 23, 2018