Speaking exclusively to BBC World Service’s Sportsworld, Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi admits playing their World Cup Group D match against Argentina at 2018 – while knowing that his dad had been kidnapped for another time – had been”heartbreaking”.

Even the ex-Chelsea midfielder, 31, today with Middlesbrough, added:”I didn’t even say anything to anybody. I took it and I held it .

“I went there and nobody knew about it. No single person knew about that. It had been my own responsibility [to captain the team], it had been my first project and that also I had to complete it.

“I sat down in my room and considered it so many times and thought ‘should I state some thing?'”

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