The father of Nigeria’s soccer captain was kidnapped hours before their final World Cup game

On June 26, as Nigeria took on Argentina in a crucial World Cup game, captain John Obi Mikel was in a dilemma: only four hours before the game, he learned his father had been kidnapped for ransom.
Mikel did not tell teammates or the manager as the kidnappers had threatened to kill his father if the news was disclosed. To secure his release, the China-based soccer star was asked to pay a 10 million naira ($28,000) ransom.


“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first,” Mikel told Kwese ESPN. Nigeria lost the game and were knocked out of the World Cup.

Total
0
Shares
Leave a Reply

Sign Up to Newsletter

Daily.

You May Also Like

Airtel Launches National Mobile Number Portability Service

Porting a number within Airtel’s own networks will be processed within 24 hours. The company is also offering customers free incoming calls on roaming once the MNP request is raised. Prepaid customers will be able to transfer their balance while post paid customers can carry forward their bill amount.