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“Mariano insists, he sees himself triumphing at Real Madrid”

first_img“Mariano has taken nice care of his physique and may be very worthwhile for this ultimate leg of the League” Nor does it appear that Zidane has a lot feeling…Properly I don’t get it. Perhaps it’s as a result of it’s not flashy. However I’m satisfied that in Madrid he can rating many objectives. And we want a scorer, be it Mariano or be one other. If you have already got one at house, the higher. Within the case of Mariano, I want to see him in a group like Athletic, the place aspect facilities rain down on him. He was going to swell to attain objectives.How may I’ve minutes when the competitors returns?I’m certain that he has labored so much on his physique and won’t return very removed from his regular type. He’s used to taking part in as a shooter, I’m certain he will likely be one of many quickest to adapt to this new scenario.By the way in which. Is it true that you just beneficial Espanyol signal Haaland whereas he was nonetheless in Salzburg?Sure. I noticed him when he performed in opposition to Madrid in preseason. After the sport an individual very near Espanyol’s administration referred to as me to inform me that they have been promoting Borja Iglesias. I instructed them that I had seen the substitute, to signal the blonde … In fact, nobody may think about this development he is having. He’ll find yourself signing for a giant one, I’m satisfied of it. EI Real Madrid It has at all times had an intensive community of scouts in Catalonia and the ‘chief’, for twenty years, was Manolo Romero. A medical eye to fish in an space dominated by Barcelona and Espanyol that led Valdebebas, amongst others, to Kiko Casilla, Aleix Vidal and Mariano. And he nearly did it with Busquets and Sergi Roberto. With Jovic’s damage throughout this break, Mariano has a brand new function within the ultimate stretch. Romero, who continues to take care of an in depth relationship with the Real Madrid striker, attends AS to speak about this chance that opens for the striker … If Mariano arrived at Real Madrid, it was because of the stubbornness of ‘Romero’ …Sure, we went to signal Sergio Cortés at Badalona, ​​he was the one we wished. However I additionally insisted for Mariano as a result of we didn’t have a striker of that profile, what we name within the slang, a toothache for the centrals …How did Espanyol let a battering ram like Mariano make greater than 40 objectives in Alevines?They dismissed him due to the physique. He was small then, he hadn’t grown that a lot. And look at him now …How was that change?His father has a gymnasium and the boy took nice care of his physique. Now it’s a panzer. And it has many extra issues. Keep in mind the nice objective he made for Chelsea in a preseason in the USA. In Castilla, he was scoring objectives … Then he has a hammer in his head, what a header! The very best at it with Ramos and Casemiro. I discover it very worthwhile.The break for the Covid-19 got here simply after that objective to Barcelona when he had not been within the discipline for a minute …He has been unfortunate, as a result of it got here in development. No one is completely satisfied about Jovic’s damage, however typically soccer provides you alternatives like this and in these 11 video games if the League returns he can reveal many issues. You may proceed combating your dream to proceed in Madrid. No matter you say about him, his concept is similar, is to reach Madrid.Does Mariano assume that if he leaves, he won’t ever have the ability to return once more?center_img Manolo Romero, the scout who found Mariano It is rather troublesome for a footballer to return to Madrid twice. He at all times tells me that probably the most troublesome factor he has already accomplished, which is to get out, reveal and are available again. However it’s missing, I feel, continuity.Is Mariano an amazing stranger to the fan?Might be. He’s a really well mannered and respectful child. When he returned from Lyon he knew what his function was. It’s troublesome for him to do any mischief like others can as a result of Mariano needs to reach Madrid.Does luck intervene?I’m simply saying take into consideration how troublesome the whole lot is for Mariano. Barça’s day scores a objective … once they had actually taken the sphere to waste time. In opposition to Betis he leaves and evidently Madrid can degree the sport … and in a gaggle error he loses. That day I spoke to him and he stated it was a disgrace. It has no continuity and now the break didn’t assist …last_img read more

Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold?

first_imgView comments SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’When she bagged silver in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she immediately resigned from the national team over her camp’s alleged disagreement with sponsorship deals.But after a lengthy exchanges all over the media, she was reinstated later on to compete—and finish 124th—in the Rio Olympics in 2016. During the selection for this SEA Games, she was required by Patafa to be under one of its sanctioned coaches, which also didn’t sit well with Tabal, who was training abroad under her own set of mentors.Patafa again took her in to compete in the Games and hopefully give a golden start to the athletics team which garnered five golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes.Competing alongside Tabal is teammate Jeson Oyco Agravante.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters Tabal has been the country’s golden girl in marathon, winning racess in international and local events, but her name has also been so often attached to controversyThe 28-year-old Tabal, of Guba, Cebu City, has been at odds with national governing body of her sport, the Philippine Track and Field Association, for the good part of the last two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Mary Joy Tabal. FILE PhotoKUALA LUMPUR—As marathon ushers in the medal-rich track and field competitions on Saturday, focus will be on how Mary Joy Tabal would fare against the best in the field.And as she seeks to give the country its first gold, inevitably, the spotlight will also shine on the controversies that have hounded her career.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

La Salle outlasts UST in thriller

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “I had to make adjustments in the last minute, and it proved really difficult on how to rotate my players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPushed to its limit, defending champion De La Salle University scraped past University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Spikers began their first year without famed setter Kim Fajardo and they relied on a balanced attack by their veterans to throw off the pesky Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And as untested as she may be compared to the three-time UAAP Best Setter, Michelle Cobb proved her worth for the Lady Spikers as she orchestrated their offense to the tune of 37 excellent sets, 11 more than the UST team.Reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron led La Salle with 19 points while Desiree Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya had 12 and 10 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We really expected that we won’t beat UST that easily,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino. “As for now, I can give my players a passing grade because they won, although I really saw their character in the fifth set.”The Lady Spikers had a comfortable 10-5 lead in the fifth set but saw the lead dwindle to two, 10-8, after Cherry Rondina sneaked an off-speed left-hander. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nabor quietly guides NU to victory Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The Golden Tigresses, however, eventually shot themselves in the foot with three straight errors that gave La Salle a 13-8 lead.Tin Tiamzon then gave La Salle the 14-8 match point with a crosscourt kill before a team block on Rondina ended the match.La Salle bucked down against the two-person onslaught of UST in the form of Rondina and rookie Melina Alessandrini, who had 28 and 18 points, respectively.And UST’s two stars weren’t the only problems for the Lady Spikers as Season 78 Finals MVP Kianna Dy played with a sore right knee after hyperextending the joint in practice a couple of weeks ago.De Jesus said he had to wait until team physicians gave Dy the clearance to play to adjust his lineup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Mr Nagamootoo has betrayed all his ideals (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The 2019 Budget debate which has been interesting thus far will wrap on December 7, 2018. The Administration, with the belief that it is saving the best for last, will put up its heavyweight speaker, First Vice President and Prime Minister, Mr Moses Nagamootoo up to bat. He will try as best as he can to offer a defence for what clearly is an indefensible budget. The Prime Minister who is, in my mind, really less than a featherweight in the Government will expectedly sing lustily and boisterously for his $70,000 per day supper while our ordinary workers will take home $64,200 per month.Mr Nagamootoo, in his own words, will seek to charm the Guyanese people like the famed snake-charmers of India. He will tell our people that he and his Government are doing wonderful things for them; he will tell them better will come and he may very well tell us we will become the Emiratis of Latin America. The Prime Minister, true to form, may also repeat to the sugar workers that he loves them though 7000 have been put out of jobs; the rice farmers may hear how he cares for them though he lost them their most lucrative market, and the farmers may hear how he has their well-being at heart though his Administration has raised land rents and D&I charges.Let us also expect tangential explanations about the hardships he imposed; and the launching of personal attacks on those he deem his opponents, as he reminisces about yester-year while ignoring the realities of today. Surely, he must eulogise his Budget innings in his Sunday Chronicle column and his DPI, true to form, will promote his remarks as the best thing ever.But after all of that, the fact remains that the Prime Minister will not be able to convince many Guyanese people that he is sincere in what he said. Today, the Prime Minister’s naked political behaviour is there for all to see and evaluate. Today, he sits near to the apex of power, though he deeply wants to reach the pinnacle. He should ask himself why he’s the proverbial bridesmaid and never the bride. Today, Mr Nagamootoo presides over a land and people that feel oppressed and unsure about the future. Today, he occupies a place in the most expensive Government in history. Today, while he believes he is the star of the show, he really is not well-liked. Today, Mr Nagamootoo has betrayed all his ideals – his so-called Jaganite-principles – and his roar has become less than a whimper as he participates, advocates and approves willingly measures that punish rather than reward the Guyanese people.Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

Deputy Police Inspector General for FBI National Academy

first_imgDeputy Inspector General MulbahDeputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police for Training and Manpower Development, William K. Mulbah, will today leave for the United States to represent West Africa in a three-month training program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy.Mulbah told reporters yesterday at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville outside Monrovia, that he will represent the West Africa sub-region at the highest level and will make Liberia proud.He said his nomination came after a rigorous vetting process by the legal attaché at the United States Embassy near Dakar, Senegal. This is the 268th Session of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy in Quantico, USA.DIG Mulbah said being chosen to take part in the training bodes well for West Africa at large and Liberia in particular because it indicates that the security sector is doing well.  He added: “The LNP is pleased to have such a representation at the FBI National Academy in the USA.”According to the DIG, the three months training will begin on Monday, April 3, and end in June. He said his representation also shows the level of reform taking place in the security sector, particularly in the LNP.He said his training will also involve legal training, informant development, investigative techniques, ethics, surveillance, interviewing, interrogation, intelligence, firearms, physical fitness, defensive tactics and practical application exercises (arrest scenarios) among others.Deputy Inspector Mulbah holds a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and has attended several workshops. He has served as a facilitator in police reform at various training institutions, including the Swedish Peace Support Operations Training Center in Stockholm and the Bramshill Police College in the United Kingdom.He also holds several diplomas and certificates from the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center, among othersDIG Mulbah has served in several positions, including Deputy Inspector- General for Administration, Commissioner for Administration, Acting Commandant of the Liberia National Police Training Academy, Deputy Commandant of the Liberia National Police Training Academy, Head of Human Resource Section, Head of Planning Section, Deputy Head of the Human Resource Section, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commonwealth SG touts importance of gender equality

first_img– heralds success of 2018 women’s forumSDG’sWith gender equality being one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, how a country facilitates equal opportunities for its women is a major indicator of development.Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland alluded to this very subject. She noted the importance of making gender equality a reality.Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland“If we are to succeed, then empowering our women and giving our women proper opportunities to make a contribution in all fields — whether it’s political, business, cultural, civil society — it’s going to be very important, and our women’s forum was very successful.”The 2018 Commonwealth Women’s Forum had addressed the theme of  “An empowered future for women and girls”. It was intended to reflect on some of the global challenges still faced by women, as part of a wider commitment to “leave no one behind” in the Commonwealth journey to achieving gender equality by 2030.When it comes to providing these women with innovative options to choose from, Scotland spoke of specific initiatives that the Commonwealth Secretariat aimed to support and facilitate personal development of.“There’s an agreement we made with the Global Innovation Fund to create a Commonwealth Innovation Fund of £25 million; that new innovators who may have great ideas can make an application to the Commonwealth Innovation Fund and have their innovations supported,” Scotland had said.Recently, over 60 women with small businesses were afforded the opportunity to display their products and services. Under the slogan “Girl Power”, the third annual Women in Business (WIB) Expo opened at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown last month.A scene from the Women’s Business ExpoThe event was a collaborative effort between the Sonia Noel Foundation for Creative Arts (SNFCA) and the Women’s Association for Sustainable Development.In addition to the expo, there was a health, business and technology forum; a ‘charting your course’ and ‘Inspire You’ events, an evening with Sherry Dixon, a tea party and fashion show, book signing, and a leadership conference.For the more than 60 women exhibiting their products and services, the WIB has served as a launching pad as they build new bridges and collaborate with each other to further expand their reach.The entire idea of the two-day exhibition is to empower women to further develop themselves, and not depend on a male counterpart for sustenance.At the opening ceremony, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had urged women to stand up, speak out, and get more involved in the workings of society. She had used the opportunity to urge women to take up more positions in society, since they offer a different perspective on every situation.“Let your voices be heard! We must let our voices be heard. Do not leave the dialogue to a few usual suspects, who want to drown out the opportunities we have been given, and who don’t want to focus on and take those opportunities on how we prepare to get there. It is against that background that I ask each one of you to use your voices to speak up! Speak out and be an agent of change,” she had said.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to receive questions on the proposed new fire station and City Hall. The meeting will be in the City Hall council chambers, 1245 N. Hacienda Road. For more information, call (562) 694-6302. Book sale slated at Whittier library For more information, call Carole Hull, (562) 464-3450, Ext. 641. Library to observe Asian Pacific ties MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Regional Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., will be celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 12. The free event will feature a Hawaiian slack key guitar performance and Tahitian dances. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. County firefighters plan open house NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Fire Department will celebrate East Region Fire Service Day with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 at the Norwalk City Hall Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. The free event will provide public educational activities for all ages, equipment demonstrations, fire department displays, entertainment and information booths. Food and beverages will be available. Proceeds benefit the East Region Explorer Program and other nonprofit organizations. For more information, call Rick Dominquez, (626)854-0178. Human resources luncheon is May 8 INDUSTRY – An emergency and disaster management expert will speak at the Industry Manufacturers Council Human Resources luncheon, which begins at 11:30a.m. May 8 at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort. Speaker Vic Thies, a retired police commander, will discuss responsibilities prior, during and after a disaster. Thies has trained more than 3,000 police supervisors and managers in critical incident management. For more information, call (626) 968-3737. Spring boutique set at Nazarene church WHITTIER – The College Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 8221 S. College Ave., will hold a spring boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hand-crafted items, home wares, jewelry, baked goods and more will be featured. Some vendor spaces are still available. For more information, call Donna Anderson, (562)693-6350. Public art displays to be discussed NORWALK – The Norwalk City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in U.S. Constitution Room 4 at City Hall to discuss the city’s art in public places program. The council will review and consider proposed artwork and approve dedication plaques for the El Camino Real project. For more information, call (562) 929-5700. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Friends of Whittier Public Library will hold a three-day book sale beginning May 10 at the Friend’s Book Store, 6703 Comstock Ave. The first night’s sale is for members only and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10. The public is invited from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 12. Membership to the group is $5 a year for individuals and $7.50 for families and organizations. Memberships can be obtained at the door on May 10. Thousands of titles will be available to choose from. All proceeds from the sale go to support library programs. last_img read more

Notes on life

first_imgSANTA CLARITA A dying musician, fueled by the power of positive thought, taps into technology to craft songs listeners hear worldwide. With the help of social networking Web site and some music software, Jim Leitch records, composes, mixes and distributes songs from his Valencia bedside. “He’s had setbacks, but he forges forward and looks for ways to motivate himself to stay alive,” said Tim Leitch, 51, Jim’s brother, who lives in Portland, Ore. He sees cancer as an obstacle but says it shouldn’t put an end to life’s endeavors. “Are you going to stop everything, or circumvent problems and proceed?” he said. “It’s just another challenge.” A recording engineer and touring rocker since the 1970s with musicians including Emitt Rhodes, Leitch has lost band mates along the way. Leitch got an inkling of his own problem last year while jamming with a Brazilian drummer in Los Angeles. “I heard some really sloppy performing on my part (and) said that’s really not like me,” Leitch recalled. He relied on an earlier keyboard rendition for the recording and weeks later learned the cause of his subpar skills. Neither brain surgery nor chemotherapy could obliterate the entire tumor mass. “The diagnosis was I was terminal … and might last two to three weeks – in May of last year,” he said. Bedridden and immobilized on his right side, the left-handed musician was riddled with doubt about the future. His optimism was revived by friends and a hospice team determined to bring his music back. Dana Blatt, a close friend for 32 years, got Leitch back on the computer and, eventually, onto MySpace. “That is your way to expose your music to the world,” Blatt recalled telling him. Leitch, incorporating his middle name, is known as James Craig, and his latest recording can be heard via a link on The MySpace profile has received more than 500 hits. Leitch never married. His parents died years ago, and his four brothers reside in Portland and North Carolina. He has left his home in Sunland-Tujunga to live with Larry and Irma Russell, close friends who provide loving care. “It’s kind of an honor,” Irma Russell said. “He never wants to bother (us). He’s always very appreciative for anything and everything we do.” Leitch entered a hospice program in November. He’s visited by a home health aide, a nurse, a social worker and a chaplain. “We try to focus on the best quality of life at the end of life,” said Maria Jefferson, the social worker, noting she’s impressed with his outlook and devotion to his art. “The central core to his being is music; his everything is music,” said David Barile, 34, who has jammed with Leitch in clubs, coffeehouses and bars during their decade-long friendship. An animator by trade who plays bass on the side, Barile looks up to his friend. “He’s very much a spiritual mentor to me as well; he’s a very Zen guy,” Barile said. Leitch’s determination to rerecord the botched song immediately after surgery illustrates Barile’s point. “It sounded good,” Leitch said. “I guess it’s just one of those things for me. Art has a kind of cycle. You want to complete, like a flower, what it’s setting out to do. Then you can let go.” The song’s title: “You Never Know When.” Patients are generally placed in hospice care when it appears they have six months or less to live. Leitch beat leukemia in 2004, but Jefferson said he’ll remain in the program. In the meantime, he has made tremendous headway. “He was in bed with his eyes closed. Now he’s going out to sushi – that’s a really big improvement!” Blatt said hopefully. (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last year, Jim Leitch, 56, learned he has terminal brain cancer. The diagnosis has sidelined him, but he refuses to let it put the kibosh on his career. For his latest effort, Leitch recorded vocals and electric piano tracks on a computer setup by his bed. Soon he will add instrumentals. A drum track recorded in Brazil is on another project. Themes in his songs range from spirituality to relationships gone bad to spaghetti-Western takeoffs. Leitch’s right side is paralyzed, leaving him unable to play guitar, but his voice and his spirit are intact. “How do you find the impetus to proceed? … It seems to be about trust, because you never know what’s next,” Leitch said. “As long as you’re loving what you do, it seems all by itself something will lead you around the next corner.” last_img read more

Northern Lights College to receive $185,000 in funding to expand health care assistant training

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has announced that it is taking action to further increase the number of qualified health care assistants to continue improving care for seniors.According to the Government, through the ministries of Health, and Advanced Education, Skills and Training, approximately $3.64 million is being provided over the next two years to create 418 new health care assistant seats in 14 post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.Included in the 14 post-secondary institutions to receive funding is Northern Lights College, which is expected to get $185,000 for 14 additional seats.- Advertisement -The Government also has plans of investing approximately $1 billion over the next three years to improve care for seniors, including investments in primary care, home health, long-term care and assisted living.In 2018, the Province provided approximately $3.3 million to create 384 health care assistant seats in 11 post-secondary institutions in B.C.last_img read more

Mikel’s father kidnapped before Nigeria’s defeat by Argentina

first_imgMikel, who went on to play the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat, refused to tell anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation in fear his father’s life was at risk, and partly because he did not want to be a distraction before the game“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel told The Guardian. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180m Nigerians down.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not.”Mikel’s father, Pa Michael Obi, had previously been abducted back in 2011 when he was held captive for 10 days.On this occasion, he was kidnapped in south-east Nigeria as he travelled to a funeral. The police in Nigeria were able to secure his release but Mikel said his father was tortured during a week-long ordeal.“Thankfully, my father was safely released on Monday afternoon,” he added. “I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and the support I’ve received from friends and family members.“Unfortunately, my dad is now in hospital receiving emergency treatment as a result of the torture he received during his capture.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain John Obi Mikel captained Nigeria at the 2018 Russia FIFA World CupLONDON, United Kingdom July 4 – 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 member while he travelled on the team bus to the stadium in St. Petersburg. Mikel was told that he must call the kidnappers and when he did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.last_img read more