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Mikel Obi opens up on how father was kidnapped before Argentina clash

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John Mikel Obi was told his father had been kidnapped in

Nigeria and would be shot if authorities were informed, only four hours before he captained his country in their 2-1 defeat by Argentina in the World Cup on June 26.

After being informed by a family member on the bus to the stadium, Mikel chose not to confide in the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) so as not to distract his team ahead of a decisive World Cup match.

Police freed his father, Pa Michael Obi, on Monday, but he is now in hospital after being tortured by his captors.

John Mikel Obi was told his father had been kidnapped in Nigeria before he played Argentina

Mikel did not inform Nigeria’s federation so he didn’t distract his team before the match

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