Nigeria Soccer Captain's Father Kidnapped Before World Cup Game

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Nigeria's John Obi Mikel

Facing arguably the world's best soccer player in a World Cup match is hard enough, but Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel did it hours after learning his father had been kidnapped for a second time, and without telling a soul on his team.

Chief Michael Obi, father to footballer, John Mikel Obi, receiving medical attention in the office Enugu state commissioner of police, Danmalam Mohammad shorty after being rescued from Abductors in Enugu. They demanded the equivalent of about $28,000 for his father to be returned, Mikel told KweséESPN. "I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody", Mikel says, per the New York Times.

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"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".

"Michael Obi, the father of the (Super) Eagles captain, has regained his freedom", the spokesman for Enugu state police in southeast Nigeria, Ebere Amaraizu, said on Monday.

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Obi was safely returned to his family, Mikel confirmed Tuesday on Twitter.

Nigeria lost the game 2-1 to Argentina that day and eliminated from the World Cup. The two men had been held by the kidnappers for almost a week after being abducted on a road while traveling from the central city of Jos to a funeral in the southeastern state of Enugu.

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NAN also reports that Mikel's father was previously kidnapped in 2011 and was also rescued by the police force during a raid.

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