There have been shocking news regarding Chelsea legend and Nigeria’s skipper John Obi Mikel.
The Nigeria captain received shocking news as he travelled on the team bus to the stadium in St Petersburg last Tuesday ahead of their clash against Argentina. Mikel’s dad had been kidnapped prior to the game and was told not to reveal the information to anyone or his dad will be killed.
A family member called him and told him that he had to call the kidnappers on a designated number. When Mikel did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.
Pa Michael Obi was abducted in south-east Nigeria as he travelled to a funeral along the Makurdi-Enugu expressway from Jos. The police in Nigeria were able to secure his release but Mikel said his father was tortured during a week-long ordeal and is currently receiving emergency treatment in hospital.
Mikel has told the Guardian that he could not confide in anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation – partly because he did not want to be a distraction before the game – and how he asked himself whether he had the strength to play.
Mikel had to put the trauma to one side and played the 90 minutes against Argentina. Nigeria lost 2-1 to a late Marcus Rojo goal to exit the tournament.
This is the second time that he has been kidnapped, with the first one being in August 2011.