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Fri Aug 24
EPL Talk - Fri Aug 24 5:55 PM
Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel will miss his side’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Seychelles next month, but coach Gernot Rohr still named 16 World Cup players in his squad
Soccernet - Fri Aug 24 10:11 AM
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has opted out of Nigeria's crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles on 8 September, but replacing his presence and impact will be tricky. The 31-year-old China-based midfielder only recently made a return from injury, and has deemed it wi...
Soccernet - Fri Aug 24 9:46 AM
Super Eagles' captain John Obi Mikel has opted out of Nigeria's crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles on 8 September, but replacing his presence and impact will be tricky. The 31-year-old China-based midfielder only recently made a return from injury, and has deemed it w...
Thu Aug 23
Soccernet - Thu Aug 23 10:25 AM
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has withdrawn his name from contention for the Super Eagles' squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles next month. KweséESPN has reliably learned that Mikel, who captained the side at the World Cup in Russia earlier this year, will not tr...
Tue Jul 3
Daily Telegraph - Tue Jul 3 10:11 PM
Telegraph.co.uk John Obi Mikel played in Nigeria's World Cup defeat to Argentina despite having just been told his father was being held for ransom and would be shot “instantly” if he alerted the authorities. Mikel revealed on Tuesday he had received a call four hours and more »
Soccernet - Tue Jul 3 8:16 PM
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has told KweséESPN that he was "very surprised" to learn that captain John Obi Mikel played their decisive World Cup game against Argentina while his father sat kidnapped. Mikel's father, Pa Michael Obi, was kidnapped on the day of Nigeria's final World Cup group game on...
Irish Independent - Tue Jul 3 6:46 PM
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has offered his thanks to police and all those involved in helping secure the safe release of his father who had been kidnapped.
Sky Sports - Tue Jul 3 5:06 PM
SkySports John Obi Mikel has revealed that he learned his father had been kidnapped just hours before he played in Nigeria's loss to Argentina which saw his country knocked out of the World Cup last week. The Nigeria captain was informed of the news by a family and more »
Dirty Tackle - Tue Jul 3 4:04 PM
Mikel learned hours before the game that his father had been kidnapped, but did not tell anyone.
RedCafe.net - Tue Jul 3 1:31 PM
Fecking hell!! John Obi Mikel has revealed he played against Argentina in the crucial World Cup group finale just hours after being informed his father had been kidnapped by armed bandits. Pa Michael Obi was on his way to a funeral when bandits, posing as police, took him and the Nigeria internat...
Metro - Tue Jul 3 12:40 PM
'I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities.
Mirror - Tue Jul 3 12:13 PM
The Super Eagles skipper says he kept quiet about his ordeal after chilling threats from the kidnappers
Irish Independent - Tue Jul 3 12:13 PM
Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was forced to pay a ransom of 10 million naira (€23, 800) to have his father released by armed kidnappers.
Soccernet - Tue Jul 3 11:13 AM
MOSCOW -- Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel faced Argentina last Tuesday in the knowledge that his father was being held for ransom, but did not tell anyone about it as the kidnappers threatened to shoot "instantly" if authorities were informed. Mikel told KweséESPN that he received a call from the...
Fri Jun 29
EPL Talk - Fri Jun 29 11:30 AM
Yekaterinburg (Russia) (AFP) – Captain John Obi Mikel wrote in an opinion piece published hours before their critical World Cup game against Argentina: “Nigeria is not here to wear a nice kit.” But for some
Wed Jun 27
Soccernet - Wed Jun 27 1:11 PM
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel reflects on Nigeria's 2-1 loss to Argentina, a result that sees his team exit the 2018 World Cup.
Mirror - Wed Jun 27 12:23 PM
The Nigeria captain was left enraged after the failure to penalise Marcos Rojo for what he felt was a clear handball
Daily Express - Wed Jun 27 9:04 AM
JOHN OBI MIKEL insists Nigeria were denied a ‘clear penalty’ against Argentina in their final World Cup match and the referee didn't know why he chose not to award a spot-kick.
Daily Mail - Wed Jun 27 7:41 AM
The South Americans dumped the Super Eagles out of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a dramatic late volley from Marcos Rojo. The result saw Nigeria finish third and Argentina progress in second.
Soccernet - Wed Jun 27 12:48 AM
Nigeria's time at the 2018 World Cup is over, but Don Hutchison explains why they and other African teams are looking promising for the future. France and Denmark punched their tickets to the next round, Argentina advanced in dramatic fashion and Croatia finished out the group stage unbeaten. ST....
Tue Jun 26
Daily Mail - Tue Jun 26 11:50 PM
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel was left fuming with the referee and the VAR system after his side were denied a penalty and later defeated by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.
Daily Star - Tue Jun 26 9:30 PM
CHELSEA legend John Terry used to ‘grab players round the neck’ if you didn’t give 100 per cent, says former Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Daily Star - Tue Jun 26 7:53 PM
CHELSEA cult hero John Obi Mikel has revealed how his decision to snub Manchester United was for the good of three fellow Nigerians.
Mirror - Tue Jun 26 5:24 PM
The Nigerian looked set to move to Old Trafford from Lyn Oslo in 2006 and was even pictured in a United shirt - only to join Chelsea instead
Daily Mail - Tue Jun 26 4:05 PM
Sir Alex Ferguson thought he had won the race for the talented Nigerian's signature in 2006, and he was even pictured in a United shirt, only for him to join Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge instead.
Fri Jun 15
EPL Talk - Fri Jun 15 9:10 PM
Kaliningrad (Russia) (AFP) – Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says the youngest squad at the World Cup must keep their nerves in check and shoulder their nation’s expectations when they play Croatia on Saturday. With
Thu Jun 14
Daily Mail - Thu Jun 14 11:27 PM
Nigeria's third and final game in Group D of the World Cup will see them tackle Argentina. When they take to the pitch in St Petersburg, they will be led by Mikel, the former Chelsea stalwart.
Mon Jun 11
Daily Mail - Mon Jun 11 3:29 PM
The Nigerians have made a name for themselves as a team to watch at this summer's tournament in Russia, not just for their exciting, fast-paced style of football but for their dress sense too.
Sun Jun 10
Soccernet - Sun Jun 10 6:35 PM
John Obi Mikel explains why he believes that as long as Roman Abramovich is in charge of Chelsea, fans shouldn't be concerned for the club's future. Eden Hazard says he would like to know who Chelsea's manager will be next season before committing his future to the Premier League club. Chelsea's...
Sat Jun 9
Soccernet - Sat Jun 9 2:52 PM
John Obi Mikel explains why he believes that as long as Roman Abramovich is in charge of Chelsea, fans shouldn't be concerned for the club's future. Gab Marcotti provides some insight into Roman Abramovich's visa issues and more in-house problems Chelsea are currently facing. Chelsea owner Roman...