Famous World Cup Athlete Left Distraught After Father Gets Kidnapped

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July 03, 2018Jul 03, 2018

A shocking news story is making headlines after it was just revealed that one of the players from the Nigerian soccer team had his father kidnapped during a World Cup match!

"Nigeria soccer captain John Obi Mikel revealed on Tuesday that kidnappers abducted and threatened to murder his father, hours before the team’s final World Cup match last week. The midfielder’s father, Pa Michael Obi, was eventually rescued by Nigerian police in a dramatic gun battle, after a six-day ordeal that involved physical torture, according to the Guardian and KweseESPN," reported USA Today.

“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel said. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.”

Can you even imagine the stress he must have been under while he was playing in the match?! Please join us in praying for John and his father as they recover from this terrible ordeal.

His dad is said to be receiving medical treatment in Nigeria currently. Sadly, this is the second time he was kidnapped. It also happened in 2011.

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