Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi has expressed his gratitude to the Nigeria Police Force following the rescue of his father from kidnappers on Monday.
He further explained that although he was distraught by the news, he had to put it aside and focus on the match.
“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. 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. I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.
“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not,”
He posted on his social media platforms to give gratitude for his father’s live.