Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, revealed he found out, just moments before the final game against Argentina, that his father had been kidnapped.
On the way to the match, the Nigeria captain received the information that his father had been kidnapped and the instruction to not inform the police. Mikel decided then to represent his country in that crucial moment for both Nigeria and Argentina in the competition.
“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 revealed, according to Sport 360.
“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.”
Mikel chose to not tell the Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, afraid that the problem could become an issue for the whole team: “As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it.”
Michael Obi, Mikel’s father, has been freed after his son paid a 10 million dollars ransom. Ebere Amaraizu, a spokesman for Enugu state police, told the kidnaped didn’t suffer any injuries but was forced to walk for about five kilometers in the rain.