SWAN Condemns Kelechi Iheanacho’s Disrespect To A Sports Journalist
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By Ebube Dike
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Lagos State chapter, has condemned the reported disrespect a member of the association suffered in the hands of Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho on Thursday, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
A member of the association and a reporter with Brila FM, Lagos Mr. Yinka Oyedele was reportedly shoved of by the Leicester City striker when he approached him for interview after the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Central Africa Republic, CAR in 2022 World Cup qualifier in Lagos yesterday.
The association in a release on Saturday condemned Iheancho’s maltreatment of the journalist and frowned at the embarrassment.
“The attention of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos Chapter has been drawn to Super Eagles’ striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s disrespect/maltreatment to one of our members, Mr. Yinka Oyedele of Brila FM.
“Oyedele, according to our findings was arrogantly shoved off by the Leicester City forward while the reporter was making attempt for an interview after the team’s training on Tuesday.
“Lagos SWAN frowned at this embarrassing act and disrespect to a journalist.
“Oyedele, a news maker and a professional in the practice doesn’t deserve such ill treatment from Iheanacho or any national team player,” part of the release said.
The press statement signed by the chairman and the secretary of the chapter, Mr Debo Oshundun and Mr Bunmi Ogunyale in that order, called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to call the player to order and also educate the players n etiquette and relationship with the men of the fourth estate of the realm
“While we urge the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to as a matter of urgency call the player to order, it is also not out place for the football house further educate the players on etIquette and relationship with the men of the fourth estate of realm and fans alike.
“Such measures if put in place would prevent future occurrence.
“The Super Eagles take a prime place in every Nigerian journalists’ hearts and treatment such as this can only discourage reporters from doing more and giving their best for the course of our darling national team.
“We wish the senior national team and Mr. Iheanacho the best of luck in their reverse 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against Central Africa Republic on Sunday.”