By Nnamdi Ojiego
Galatasaray of Turkey and Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire defender, Emmanuel Eboue, who had boasted that his country will eat the Super Eagles of Nigeria like ‘super fried chicken’ during yesterday’s quarter final match in the ongoing African Cup of Nations in South Africa, has apologised over his comments.
Eboue, who through his twitter handle @TheRealEboue, congratulated Nigeria shortly after his country was humiliated in a 2- 1 defeat by the Super Eagles, wished the country’s soccer team good luck in the competition.
Cote d’ Ivoire was sacked from the Nations Cup by the Super Eagles of Nigeria who put up a superlative performance to shock all their critics who had written them off.
Eboue’s tweets read thus: King Emmanuel Eboue @TheRealEbouee; “I apologise to all Nigerians that might find my tweets offensive or sensitive. It’s meant to be jokes and funny. I am sorry. #moveOn. … Peace and love to Africa. I hope Nigeria wins the #NationsCup . Amen”
However, there are controversies over the ownership of the King Emmanuel Eboue @TheRealEbouee tweeter account, as some argue,’ Emmanuel Eboue , the Cote d’Ivoire player may have been impersonated.’
Investigations revealed that there are four twitter handles, named Emmanuel Eboue , as the Cote d’Ivoire defender, as at press time has neither accepted nor denied the controversial tweets.
Below are the twitter accounts:
1. King Emmanuel Eboue @TheRealEbouee
Profile Summary: I am an Ivory Coast International and play for Galatasaray after a long career in Arsenal . I passionately Love football. I am a parody & not eboue.
Stats: 153,111 followers, 3,311 tweets and 166 following.
Tweeted last on February 3, 2013
2. Emmanuel Eboue (NOT) @Eboue_27
Profile summary: Multifunctional Professional Footballer for the mighty Galatasary FC. Turkish Champions. Creator of the world famous #FenerWHO (Official Parody) @Eboue_27 follows you · http://www.galatasary.org
1,558 tweets, 48 following, 63,089 followers. tweeted last on 28 January, 2012
3. Emmanuel Eboue @Official_Eboue
No profile summary. 4 tweets, 49 following, 4,600 followers.
Tweeted last 09 September, 2009
4. Emmanuel Eboué @27Ee
No profile summary. 33 tweets, 13 following, 13,138 followers.
Tweeted last on 27 December, 2012.