Truly not all heroes wear capes and Mikel Obi has proven that in his decision to play in the match against Argentina despite dealing with a family crisis. The heroic Super Eagles captain went ahead to play his heart out even with a cast on, while his father was in the den of kidnappers.
Nigerians only got to know about it after his father was released almost a week after the abduction, and that’s why Mikel Obi is a national hero. He did not let his personal problem affect his commitment to playing against Argentina, in his words, “I could not let 180 million Nigerians down.”
2016: Mikel Obi pays $4,000 unsettled Hotel Bills for the Nigerian Olympic team.
2018: John Obi Mikel plays for Nigeria against Argentina despite getting news that his Father had been kidnapped 4 hours before the match.
Not all heroes wear capes. pic.twitter.com/KRH9RxoshL
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) July 3, 2018
John Mikel Obi. Our Captain. Our Leader. LEGEND. 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/YrzFmY3ia9
— Ediye (@iamOkon) July 3, 2018
A day before the Argentina match – which had the hopes of 180m people riding on it – Nigeria’s captain Mikel Obi’s Dad was kidnapped, they threatened to kill him if he told anyone. CAN YOU IMAGINE? https://t.co/4f6ejWpooT
— Stephanie Hegarty (@stephhegarty) July 3, 2018
Thought it was another fairy tale when i first heard it but knowing now it was true, the kidnap of Mikel's father before the Argentina game, MIKEL OBI I TOTALLY RESPECT YOU AND YOUR COMMITMENT. SALUTE!!!
— Charles Anazodo (@chaplinez70) July 3, 2018
Mikel Obi out here showing leadership & responsibility more than any Nigerian political leader alive but it is Babagana Kingibe they will remember to give a national honour for sabotaging the same ticket he ran on. Nigeria is a real tragicomedy.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) July 3, 2018
what goes on inside a man`s head , we don`t know ,, but we still manage to cover it up with a smile .. thank you "Mikel Obi" and God bles you for your dedication and hardwork.. pic.twitter.com/uPKTihbbkW
— vicki osas (@thesocio_media) July 3, 2018
Just saw this Mikel Obi story, I swear Mikel is the GOAT we don't deserve. Got a call four hours before Argentina game from kidnappers to pay a ransom for his dad but still went ahead to play for his country even with his broken wrist. Great mental strength, my GOAT forever. 🙌🙌
— Ugℓу Nαke∂ Gυу (@t_riumphant) July 3, 2018
I bet those bastards who kidnapped Mikel Obi’s father still went to watch the match against Argentina.
— Bill Gates’ Maiguard (@knightofdelta) July 3, 2018
A true leader. It’s what captains do. Your crew first, no matter what. More power to your elbow John Mikel Obi. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SkMg7yoP2r
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) July 3, 2018