“Nobody is singing” – Reactions as Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi & other super Eagles players struggle to recite new national anthem during match with South Africa (Video)

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Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the moment the Super Eagles players kept mute while reciting the new national anthem.

The event unfolded when the Nigerian players played against South Africa at the World Cup Qualifiers , which took place on Friday June 7th. They were spotted struggling to sing the new national anthem, ‘Nigeria we hail thee’.

The three-time African champions faced South Africa in their third qualifying match, which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

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Singing the national anthem of each team before the kickoff is mandatory during an international football match.

The Nigerian government officially replaced the long-standing anthem “Arise, O Compatriots” with “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” on May 29, 2024. The change aimed to boost national pride and reflect the country’s evolving identity.

However, before the South Africa game, Nigerian players could be seen silent while observing in solemnity the new national anthem as being played. Ademola Lookman, a rising star in Nigerian football, and Alex Iwobi, one of the team’s seasoned players, were among those who struggled with the lyrics.

The video went viral online, some Nigerians expressed that they were not surprised the players struggled to recite the national anthem, given the short time frame to learn it.

Some reactions are shown below:

@ChrisBassey22 said, “How do you expect them to know the lyrics”.

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@vinjahmedia said, “It clearly shows you how stup!d the whole idea is. Our lawmakers busy expending so much energy on things that have no bearing on national dev, while abandoning the very things they were voted for. Who will struggle to learn this at old age? I’m very sure the next administration will reverse it.”

@Teesaids said, “It was a solemn recitation by the Super Eagles as the none of them could boldly sing out they will really suffer in coming matches.”

@iamaleshinloye said, “How many of them even knows the first one? sabi the first one”.

@omahrico said, “no even expect them to sing. Most players no dey usually sing their anthems. Some country’s anthem don’t even have words.”

Watch the video below:

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