Photo: Getty Images John Obi Mikel
About the kidnapping of the father of the football player found out on the way to the match against Argentina.
The father of Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel was kidnapped for a few minutes before the start of the match against Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 world Cup.
The player found out about the kidnapping on the bus on the way to the stadium in St. Petersburg.
The kidnappers demanded a ransom Michela, threatening to kill his father if he told anyone about the incident.
As a result, the police released the man after a week of torture in captivity, now the man is in the hospital.
It is noted that this is not the first case of kidnapping of the father of Mikel Obi. Earlier, a similar situation occurred in 2011.
The footballer told how he had struggled with thoughts of kidnapping during the game on the field.
“I was playing while my father was in the hands of bandits. I had to forget about the injury. I didn’t know what to do, but decided that I can’t bring 180 million Nigerians. I had to throw it out of your head and get on the field to represent their country.
I could not even inform the coaches or employees of the Federation. This was known only to very narrow circle of my friends.
I said they shot my father, if I tell the authorities or anyone else. I also didn’t want to discuss it with the coach because I didn’t want to my problem distracted him or the team on the day such an important game.
Fortunately, my father was safely released on Monday afternoon. I thank the police and authorities for their efforts to save my father, my friends and family members for the support that I received.
Unfortunately, my dad’s in the hospital, he receives urgent treatment due to torture”, – quotes The Guardian Obi Mikel.
Recall that Argentina pulled out of Nigeria a ticket to the 1/8 finals of the 2018 world Cup.
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