It has been revealed that John Mikel Obi, the captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, was aware of his father’s abduction while preparing to play the final group match against Argentina during the tournament.
This is after his dad, Pa Michael Obi, was rescued by the Nigeria Police Force on Monday, July 2, 2018..
Chief Obi who was abducted on June 29 along Enugu- Makurdi road was rescued inside a forest in Udi local government area of the state on Monday afternoon and the Spokesman of the Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed it in a statement entitled ‘Enugu State Police Command rescue Pa Michael Obi father of Mikel Obi’.
But in a story reported by Kwese ESPN, the former Chelsea player narrated how the kidnappers called him and told him that they would shoot his father instantly if he reported them to the authorities or told anybody.
— Kwesé ESPN (@kwesesports) July 3, 2018
He said that he received a call from the kidnappers four hours before kickoff in the decisive World Cup clash in St Petersburg, and they demanded N10 Million ($28,000 US) for the safe return of his father.
“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits. I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.” the former Chelsea midfielder said.
“I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down,” Mikel told ESPN.
“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.
“And I did not want to discuss it with the coach because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it.”
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