AS Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina is staying defiant and charging back, following repeated booing by fans of the club whenever he got the ball during last weekend’s game, megasportsarena.com reports.
It was a Coppa Italia clash with Cremonense, but Aina appeared to be in the bad books of his club’s fans, as they kept jeering at the dark-skinned full-back, who spent the whole of last season on loan at Fulham of England.
His inability to save Fulham from relegation, with a squad that had four other Nigerians on their roster, prompted Aina’s return to Turin, but his sojourn with The Maroons may not be going down well with the Italian Serie A club’s fans.
Such it was that catcalls from the stands followed every touch by Aina, even as the Chelsea of England academy product played a vital role to help the team advance to the next stage of the competition.
The 24-year-old Aina is not taking the development lying low, as he has hit back at the fans for booing him, even as his efforts helped his side cruise to victory against their visitors, who had to play with a man less after the dismissal of Jaime Baez Stabile.
A report by goal.com added that Aina was one of the players that scored a penalty in the shoot-out that ended 4-1 in his team’s favour, after the game ended goalless in regulation and extra time.
The versatile full-back, who has played 17 times for the Super Eagles, after switching allegiance from England, admitted he was unimpressed with how some of the supporters booed when he had the ball.
While castigating the fans for their uncouth conduct, Aina went on to charge his teammates to remain focused and to stay united in order to surmount all obstacles in their way.
Aina posted on his verified social media handle: “To all the Torino fans that were booing or whistling whenever I got the ball, thank you.
“Doubters and haters will only make me better, we move. As a club, we should always stay together no matter what.”