Sports writers accuse Iheanacho of disrespecting journalist in Lagos

Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City

Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos chapter has accused Super Eagles’ forward Kelechi Iheanacho of disrespecting a journalist in Lagos.

A statement on Saturday signed by Lagos SWAN chairman Debo Oshundun said the alleged act on a journalist, Yinka Oyedele of Brila FM, was unsportsmanlike.

“Oyedele, according to our findings, was arrogantly shoved off by the Leicester City forward while the reporter was making an attempt to interview him after the team’s training on Tuesday,” the statement read.

“Lagos SWAN frowns at this embarrassing act and disrespect to a journalist. Oyedele, a professional in the practice, doesn’t deserve such ill treatment from Iheanacho or any national team player.”

Mr Oshundun called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to call the player to order.

“It is also not out place for the football house to educate the players on etIquette and relationship with the men of the fourth estate of the realm and fans alike.

“Such measures if put in place would prevent future occurrence,” he said in the statement.

The Lagos SWAN chairman said the Super Eagles take a prime place in every Nigerian journalists’ hearts and that such treatments can only be discouraging.

Nigeria face Central Africa Republic (CAR) on Sunday in the reverse 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture after losing 1-0 to the team in Lagos on Thursday.