Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez has revealed that he was threatened by Barcelona fans in Nigeria after he led his team to a 2-0 win over the Catalan giants in September.
Azeez scored the opener and put in an excellent shift in El Grana‘s defeat of Ernesto Valverde’s side at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.
“Before the Barcelona game, our coach told us that we just have to go out on the pitch strongly because we started the season very well,” Ramon Azeez who captained the Golden Eagles to silver in 2009 FIFA Under 17 World Cup told The Cable.
However, the shock Barcelona loss was received with mixed reactions in Nigeria. While many Super Eagles fans were delighted for Azeez for finally fulfilling the potentials he showed as a youth international, Barca fans were hurt and they threatened to ‘deal with’ the 26-year-old whenever he set foot in Lagos.
“I feel very happy that some people that never believed in us before the game called to congratulate and rejoice with us.”
“I got a lot of messages that night. Some people insulted me that they lost their bet due to Barca’s defeat, while some called to congratulate me.
“Some of my friends that are Barcelona fans called me that I scored against their team that I should not worry that it won’t be that easy next time.
“Some people even sent me messages on social media that I shouldn’t come to Lagos that if they catch me, they will deal with me. So, I told them that it was nothing that I just have to do my job and protect it as well.”
The former youth international earned a recall to the Super Eagles squad following a decent start to the season, making a cameo appearance in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Brazil during an international friendly in Singapore.
Azeez was a 78th minute substitute against Lesotho, however, providing the assist for Victor Osimhen’s last goal as Gernot Rohr’s men romped to a convincing 4-2 victory over the Crocodiles in Maseru last Sunday.